Replica vs Fake
Replica and fake are two words that have assumed significance in these times because of people’s desire to have an item that is too costly for them at a reasonable price. Sensing the desire of the people to get to use objects made by designers and expensive brands, manufacturers have introduced similar looking items in the market to fool and lure people into buying them. Though both replica and fake objects have similarities in the sense that their ultimate aim is to sell lower quality objects posing as branded ones, there are differences between replicas and fakes that is discussed below.
A replica is meant to be an exact copy of the original and is meant for display purposes. There are examples in sports where teams winning world cups are handed over replicas while the original trophy is kept safely being more expensive and of antique nature. Replicas are often used in museums for display purposes. In market, if you find a seller showing a replica handbag (Gucci), it means that the bag has been made by another company and may be identical in looks and also same material may have been used to make it. But still it is only a copy of the original and not the original itself. The bag will of course carry the logo of the company making it and not the Gucci logo. You are told that it is a replica and that you are getting it at a fraction of the cost of the original. This is the biggest feature of a replica and you are not duped in any manner.
As the name implies, a fake is only meant to deceive the customer and lure him into buying the product. In this case, not only the quality of the product is very low, the manufacturer does not use his own logo but keeps the logo of the original thus giving an impression that the customer is getting a chance to buy the original at throw away prices. This of course has a great effect on many buyers and they buy fakes thinking they are actually buying original product.
• Both replica and fake try to imitate the original but are inferior quality products
• In case of replica, you are told that the item is a replica and you are getting a product as close as possible to the original with another logo. On the other hand, in the case of a fake, you are totally deceived as you are sold a product posing as original despite being of very inferior quality.