I posted a thread earlier about buying a fake G to use some parts such as the band as a replacement for my real G. This was in violation of the forum rules which I obviously didn't read closely enough when I joined. The promotion of fakes and counterfeiting in general is not permitted on these boards.
I did not intend to promote the use of fake goods, but realize that by mentioning them and how I was going to use them, that is exactly what I was doing. I am out of work and was simply looking for the cheapest possible watch to use. However, the low cost for fake G's does not justify promoting counterfeiting, just as the lack of money does not allow one to steal.
Fake G's and other knock-off goods are often available for a fraction (in this case less than 1/10th) of the real price, and for someone knowledgeable of the product, there would not be much confusion over which was real and which isn't. There real G product image is not being tarnished by such as case. The bigger problem lies where fake goods are passed off as the real thing, by increasingly sophisticated counterfeiters who can oftentimes fool the actual manufacturer of the goods being faked. Walk into a Levi's store on 5th Ave in NYC and purchase a pair of jeans at full retail price only to find out that they are fakes.
The global counterfeiting business is growing out of control with knock-off medication hitting the biggest pharmaceutical companies, faked mitsubishi elevators installed in buildings here in China to fake engine blocks in your Mercedes.