Are knockoffs worth it?

So, what is a knockoff? By definition, a knockoff is a copy of imitation, especially of an expensive or designer product. Such brands that usually have knockoffs include Apple, Samsung, Beats, Gucci, Balenciaga, etc. 

So why do people buy them? Because not all of us are rich and can afford those types of brands. These so–called knockoffs look close enough to the real things or work close enough to the actual product that people are willing to spend their money on it. 

Knockoff products are not anything to flex about either. Although they look real enough or can pass off for the real thing from a distance away, they almost are never up to the same quality as the original brand product.

For instance, last month, I recently bought a pair of what were called “Air Vibes,” a knockoff version of the well–known AirPods. Since I have both, I felt that I could critique both types of earphones from a non–biased stance.

AirPods are made with higher quality material. The case and the AirPods themselves are much smoother feeling than my Air Vibes. The sound quality is also distinguishably better. I got them at a whopping price of $250.

On the other hand, Air Vibes still work well as wireless earphones. The case is slightly bulkier than the AirPod’s case and the earphones themselves are longer than necessary, but it works as the product everyone initially would buy it for, wireless earphones. 

Although the sound quality may not be up to par with AirPods, they work as the product they are marketed for. And significantly, the price is a mere $10. 

A plus to this comparison: AirPods can only be ordered in white, whereas knockoff versions of the AirPods can be color–customed. Mine are pink.

So overall, it comes down to personal preference. Whether one prefers brand name or a similar product that is significantly cheaper, and works at a slightly lesser quality but still gets the job done. I for one, believe knockoffs are worth it.

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