now i know the difference from a replica, to an authentic, with a fight strap and everything. but really, whats the difference? as long as you have a jersey for your team, it shouldnt matter if its authntic or replica. yea its cool to have an authentic on ice jersey, wtih a fight strap, but for those of us who can't afford a $300 jersey, its the next best thing..
There is absolutely nothing wrong with someone buying a replica over an authentic. It's both a personal and $ choice made by an individual. Anyone who makes fun of or takes a shot at someone wearing a replica compared to an authentic is a jerkoff. My wife has a replica she loves. I prefer game worns/authentics. Nothing wrong with either choice.
However, IMO, i believe that jersey to be a knockoff. I have a huge issue with people who buy knockoffs and unlicensed jerseys. I think if you KNOWINGLY buy a knockoff jersey it makes you look like a fool by supporting counterfeiters and robbing the Devils and the NHL. Trust me, this only comes back to haunt all of us when the prices go up. It's like shoplifting. Consumers pay the price for those who steal.
Now, there are some people who can't tell the difference because they so not have the knowledge or information or can't tell when it's held in their hands. However, if you are paying under $75-$100 (in alot of cases cheaper) for an "authentic" name/# RBK Edge jersey online then that should tell you something and it's a definite red flag. Plus, where it's shipped from is usually a big tipoff in most cases.
Be smart, be informed, ask questions. Anyone of us here who has knowledge will gladly help. The last thing i want to see is a fellow Devils fan getting ripped off.
Edited by SJP20, 31 January 2009 - 06:15 PM.
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