Every weekend someone tries to beat me down on the price of a knife, not only to the point where I make nothing off of the sale and have to pay the sales tax to subsidize their purchase bu to the point where it is below wholesale.
Ali Express and Ali Baba sell a lot of knockoff/counterfeit products. When you buy from some places on line you are begging to get ripped off. When you buy from certain businesses the same is true.
The old adage that applies is this: If a deal sounds/looks too good to be true (ie below wholesale cost) then it may well be a counterfeit.”
Compared to most industries, the firearms world has been relatively free from the bane and scourge of fake products. Sure, there are a fair amount of knock-offs, but those are typically re-branded and sold for a lot less while looking similar. However, in the last year, direct copies have been trickling into the market.
Typically, these are from the airsoft market, which internationally is hungry for cheap copies of real products as their local laws keep one from owning the real thing. These “real steel” components are highly sought after in those markets. However, some unscrupulous characters have now been bringing in these products to the US (in violation of numerous trademark and various import laws).
My good friend and head Guntech at Brownells, Keith Ford, recently shared a blatant copy that he got his hands on and compared it to the original. Suffice to say, one not intimately familiar with the real optic would have a hard time recognizing that the fake was not the real thing.
Finally was able to do a side by side comparison of the counterfeit MRO vs the real MRO. Fake is pictured on the left and is serial 1608160. Differences are pretty obvious. Fake has no seam present, lettering is quite different including font and placement including the dial. Diode is missing from the rear left of the fake. Color and finish is a little off as well. Label on box is close but no cigar. It’s a little larger with different font size and no sheen on the paper like the original.
See Complete article for additional details: http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2017/02/09/trijicon-knock-offs-getting-better-worse-depends-perspective/