aggie113
So... not sure how sensitive this topic is but what are the thoughts on the clones poring out of China these days?

Myself, I enjoy owning legit Microtechs but I also see the value of getting those who can't afford anything close to that interested in the Microtech line.

I put in an order for a bunch of mini-Halos to give to friends and also couldn't resist snagging a Halo V clone to compare to my two legit ones.

I would still love to own an legit mini-Halo but I know my chances of that are pretty low [smile]
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Chief
Clones are theft of intellectual property, never owned one, never will.  Imported autos are illegal in all 50 states.  Because of this, imported autos were specifically prohibited from sale on microholics but I don't see it in the current Marketplace guidelines.  Hoping Mike will chime in but I doubt he will endorse illegal activity.
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J-rod007
Well said John.  
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GZB
Life's too short for Clones.

Pay once/cry once.

Or you'll never know just what you're really missing....
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diverdown
Tell you what, go to Blade and bring along a clone and ask Tony Marfione, Rick Hinderer or even Dave Wattenberg from Pro Tech about their thoughts on clones......
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mjswan
Leaving the 'no imported automatics' rule out of the Marketplace Guidelines was an oversight, John.  I'll correct it.
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mjswan
GZB wrote:
Life's too short for Clones.

Pay once/cry once.

Or you'll never know just what you're really missing....


My thoughts exactly, Greg.
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mrtman
Speaking of IP, it makes you wonder what the rev-split is with Disney on licensing SW trade dress for switchblades?  [angel] 

I digress, however, there's an even better argument to be made against clones.  The folks in Guangzhou clearly have the ability to make a semi-decent auto knife, but they'd rather flood us with rip-off garbage instead of new & original designs.   If you figure them incapable of coming up with such, you're gravely mistaken, (which is exactly how they prefer the dynamic).

The reality is these counterfeiters believe westerners are too stupid to comprehend the purchase of anything else.  Getting to deprive an American company of a sale is just icing on the cake.  Take a trip there sometime and they will openly tell you the same.

So if you still want to support merchants who think of us all as cattle with credit cards, (and help fund a major hard-economic & soft-military foe of the West in the process), I invite you to move East. 

...or pass on screwing over your fellow citizens, follow the advice in the replies above, and sleep a little better at night [wink]
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Fireaid.1
I ask, what value is there is putting a pile of crap in "your friends hands". Do yourself and your friends a favor, next time save the $ from the learning lesson & buy them a beer or a bag of weed, something.
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Tdhurl1103
I actually considered getting a Ultratech clone before getting a real one. I did extensive research on the clones, and determined I just don't trust China. And it started to irritate me that they are selling them with the same logo and in a microtech box, etc etc. Ended up buying a real microtech from that company in Utah. I love it immensely. So much so that I may just wear it out.

Now if a company wanted to make a copy of some of microtech's designs (as long as the parts are not patented) I've got no issue with it as long as they aren't calling it, labeling it, packaging it up and passing it off as real microtechs. Not sure I'd buy it though.
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