Some of us are fond of buying replica from bazaars or other thrift shops in our own country or outside. I do not see anything wrong with it honestly. I mean if buying a Class A bag, shoes, shirts, pants and whatsoever works for you then go. I mean it is your money you are spending not mine.
Me? I used to buy those too but I stopped not because I got richer or something but because I tend to waste more than saving more. I thought buying a rubber shoes that is worth 1,000 pesos or a little less will help save more because the price of the original shoes that I bought was around 3,000 pesos or more. But when I started using it to play basketball, my feet hurt. Not just that, in less than a year, my shoes deteriorate.
But what I am really pointing out here in my article is buying accessories for your gadgets be it a smartphone, cellular phone, tablets, laptops, MP3 players and more. I never, ever bought fake batteries and or chargers (especially chargers) for my iPhone. I think is a good thing that Apple always suggests to their consumer not to use other accessories in using their products not because because they are cheap but because your gadget may not function well if used different brands or cheap accessories.
A perfect example would be head sets. There are so many head sets that you can buy for 20 pesos or less. It may work at first but in three months or less, one of the headphones will not work properly anymore.
Another great example will be batteries and chargers. I have a friend who bought a fake battery for her original Nokia phone. It worked fine at first but after a few months, she noticed that her battery had a lump. When she tried charging it, it sparked a little. It destroyed her cellphone. So the result, she ended buying a new cellphone worth more than 5,000 pesos. If she bought an original Nokia battery that costs around 900 pesos to a little over a thousand bucks instead of 100 pesos of battery that you see in the sidewalk, maybe she would not need to buy a 5,000 peso phone in the first place.
Same thing with chargers. Cheap charges might charge your phone a little bit but eventually it will stop charging your phone. You are lucky if it will just stop charging but what if it destroys your iPhone. Having it repaired will be too expensive. Buying a new one can also be expensive. How much does an original charger cost? If I am not mistaken it is around 1,000 pesos to 1,500 pesos. What is a little thousand bucks compared to 20,000 to 30,000 pesos if you will buy a new one right?
So my suggestion is, try to buy the original things especially when electricity is already involved. It will not just save you money but it will also save your life. I have read some articles before where people get into freak accidents because they used a fake charger in charging their cellphones. If I am not mistaken, someone even died because she made a call from her phone while her phone was still charging and the charger was not the authentic one.