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Difference Between Replica and Fake

Replica vs Fake

Replicas and fakes are both things which are not original, but these words are used in different contexts. A replica is basically used to indicate a product which is not real but is used for some specific reasons whereas a fake is not just a product. It is used in many contexts.

Replica
Replicas are copies of original products. These products can be varied ranging from branded items like, clothes, shoes, jewelry, leather products, accessories, and even trophies awarded for sports, etc. Sometimes these replicas are used in museums and other sports or award functions because the original is too expensive to be moved from one place to another and the hassles involved to arrange for their security.

The main thing about a replica is that they may be a very close copy and almost indistinguishable from the original. Replicas are also used sometimes when the original thing never existed and yet it has to be displayed in a museum.

Replicas also indicate they are copies of original products made only by the company originally making that product. This is done in order to reduce the cost of the original product which is usually very high for designer pieces.

Replicas are not only used for displays in museums and made by the original companies but are used to sell products of cheaper quality for a higher price as a counterfeit. Money, coins, clothes, handbags, shoes, accessories, watches, artwork, and firearms all are sold for a profit without the buyer knowing that he is buying a replica.

Fake
Fake products are copies of original products and are used to make money by selling the cheaper versions for a very high price. Most of the time people buying fakes are unaware of buying a fake.

“Fake” is used to refer to a variety of things ranging from movie sets, to props used in dramas, dance or theater. Characters of fictional stories are called fake characters. Fictitious examples used for medicine or law purposes are called a fake. The behavior of a person who is not behaving like himself is called fake behavior. “Counterfeit, forgery,” and “decoy,” all these things are considered “fakes.”

Fakes are easily available. They are cheaper because of poor quality and are at a risk of less damage as they do not require animals to be killed as in the case of fake fur and ivory, etc.

Also, they do not require licenses as for many firearms.
In general, a fake and a replica are both copies. In general language, they are even used interchangeably. But a replica is used more often as a more legitimate copy than a fake is considered.

Summary:
1.Replicas are copies which may have been made by the consent of the original company to reduce its cost or be used in museums in order to protect the original, or in cases when the real item does not exist and still needs to be displayed.

2.A fake is also a copy but mostly sold illegally for profit without the consent of the original company.


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