I'm sure the majority of people who browse this forum and other forums like ECF have moved beyond vaping as a means to quitting smoking. For people like us vaping has become a hobby. We, as a community have become a subculture. I'm sure we have introduced and exposed at least 1 person we know to vaping.
I started vaping 4 months ago with a ego c-twist, then moved onto a provari. Soon after I was introduced to the world of mech mods. I fell in love with RBA's and mech mods, the flavor and vapor production was beyond any of my VV devices. I had to buy one, but there was one problem, THE COST.
At the time my options were either high quality $200+ dollar mods or Chinese made mods that were sub par (sigelei, smoktech, etc). In order to achieve what I wanted I had to pay to play. For me I ended up paying to play, high end mod after mod.
Recently things have changed, products from china are not only cheap, but perform just as good or better than the original mods that they're based off of. Look at the FOR SALE forums and you can see how many people are interested in these clones.
Many people hate clones, I can understand that since these clones have even copied the logos. But lets look at the big picture and why the clone market is flourishing:
1. The more accessible the mod is the more people are willing to join the community. More people vaping=more support.
2. If local shops carry and sell clones they have a much higher profit margin than selling the real deal. Many shops sell the high end mods at cost just to draw customers into the store, but there is no profit margin. Without profit your favorite local shop will go out of business.
3. The original mods will still be worth money, your chi, nemmy, etc will still be worth money cause its the ORIGINAL. The clones only hurt the grey market not original MSRP.
4. The market is where it's at right now is due to the fact that mod makers are inflating demand by not providing enough supply. They have no one to blame but themselves. Mech mods are just tubes, they are not aerospace parts that are difficult to manufacture.
5. I suspect certain mods are now outsourced to china for greater profit margin for the mod maker. When you outsource to china expect your product to be copied, this is a fact.
TL DR: clones are good for the community, why clones are flourishing