Cloning Kills Vaping Innovation
Clones... We've all heard of them, but some of us choose to ignore the facts about them. I, being a person who has had a family member be directly effected by the "clone" market in the furniture industry, am not a big fan of clones. The problems are continuous, but there is something that you can do as the educated consumer to try and sway the environment in which we buy our vaping products.
What Clones do to the Vaping Community
In case you're a-ok with buying clones (most people aren't) here are a few things about them you may not have thought about before.
1. Clones are copyright infringement. The problem right now in the vaping world is copyrighting isn't a huge deal yet because of its ever growing life cycle. That doesn't mean that it is ok to steal someone's design, however. This idea that someone else can take a photo of someone's mod or atomizer and literally just replicate it for cheaper doesn't excuse the situation because they don't have a copyright. It is still, in my opinion and the many opinions of others, a completely immoral idea that shouldn't be protected.
2. Clones steal jobs from other people. Clones are an all too real reality that happens in many industries. Someone works hard to create a product that they are proud of, and it ends up being cloned. What does this do for the person that worked so hard to get that product out in the market? Well, sometimes, it can most definitely put that person out of business; in the very least, it can cause many owners to start cutting back on costs, and thus laying off employees.
3. Clones hamper the evolution of vaping. We want to be respected as a community of people who have decided to quit smoking. With that being said, vapers who make and/or buy clones from the clone market do make our community look poor in the eyes of people that have no idea about what we're doing and what we're about. It is up to us as consumers to be responsible and help our own cause.
4. It negatively effects vaping shops. For the shops that sell the "real deal," it is hard to continue to do so when clones come around. I know many shop owners that find that they can't sell their high quality mods because the clone market has taken over in such a way that it dries up the consumer base. Obviously, this can effect our community in many different negative ways.
How to Combat Clones in the Vaping Community
1. Don't buy clones!!!! This is an obvious perspective from my post. I highly suggest that vapers should just stay away from it... entirely.
2. Stay educated. Know the clones, and know the real products. Know who sells the originals (vape shops) and know who doesn't. Understand what clones do to the market. This will continue to grow recognition and understanding of the situation in which the vaping world exists.
3. If it is too good to be true, it usually is. When a price on a Le Petit Gros comes to you at $25.00, know that it is probably a clone. That low of a price for such a high-end mod like that is probably a clone price, so be careful.
4. Be responsible. Being a responsible vaper means sometimes having to pass up the "cheap" option to obtain the right option. This word, "right" can be used in many different ways. Right as in, "the best quality," right as in, "the right thing to do," and right as in knowing what will benefit the entirety of the vaping community as a whole. And with enough affordable, new products out there, like the Sub Box Mini, clones shouldn't be an issue any more!
So there you are, guys, hopefully this helps and I hope you all enjoy your legit gear that you are all vaping out of!