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Old 09-10-2017, 07:04 AM   #3
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If you're genuinely curious, it happens because a company with means to manufacture a product stole the design and used cheap local labor to produce the knock-off - without investing in things that usually cost extra like safety regulations, fair employee wages or quality control. You're not getting the same product that you see in your usual craft stores, but the company making the knock-offs is counting on consumers wanting cheap product more than guaranteed safety or quality.

I don't look down on anyone who chooses to shop in stores like Aliexpress (it's your money, you decide how it's spent), but I personally refuse to do so. I'd rather not support a practice that hurts the industry and has the potential to hurt me just to be able to add a ton more things to my stash. I'm happier with shopping more mindfully and buying things on sale if I can't afford them outright.
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