With the amount and variety of Chinese knock offs and the at least hundreds of millions of dollars involved I can't really see an effective or cost benefit way to stop them.
I've been looking at headphones lately and discovered that Ebay is loaded with what appear to be counterfeits of the well established Sennheiser line. They can't stop even that and there is a lot more money in the headphone business than in the kite business. There are warnings and info about this and a buyer can decide.
If I buy a pair I'll be sure its the original. I can expect better quality and accountability if there's a problem. Stressing quality and accountability is probably a lot more effective than telling people something they're doing without malice is unethical.
If I Youtube'd kites and saw the rev videos that would do it for me.
A piece of a bigger pie might well be had in the long run.
A bit of lemonade might be made with these lemons.
I could probwbly comr up with more corny sayings if I tried.
Sportkiting dual and quad is tiny. Those selling knockoffs advertise, get people involved and put kites in the sky that many more people will see.
Yes some may be satisfied with a knock off or might be turned off by one but they may well be motivated to check Google or Youtube or the local beach for something better. After all, isn't a core truth of this forum that revs are like peanuts; can't stop at one.
I may be wrong and I'm not trying to tell anyone how they should feel or protect their business.
There a plenty of product types where there are cheep generic products and then there's the are the originals. Different identity and business plan.
Just saying it may be better all around if someone flying a knockoff got a friendly reception and something like, "You should try the original. Check Youtube". There are one or two fairly decent Rev fliers there. public/style_emoticons/default/sign_kitelife.gif.
Even teams. public/style_emoticons/default/cool.gifpublic/style_emoticons/default/w00t.gif
In the U.S. there are plenty of people for whom original and American made is a selling point.
Anyway might as well look on the bright side.
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