Any thoughts on the potential future value...if any ....of blatant Chinese knockoffs of popular guitar models? The reason I ask is - 1. Attitudes are changing about what made in China means for quality. I remember my first guitar was a MIJ Fender strat and the store owner WHO SOLD IT TO ME couldn't hide how much he loathed Asian made products compared to American made ones. He literally could not stop himself from insulting me and my dad for buying a non american strat...even though he carried it in his store. Now it seems more than half of major companies have factories in or outsource to factories in China. WE also now we all have VERY different attitudes towards what MIJ means compared to say...1984. For example...I remember back then Saturday Night Live had a skit where I think it was Belushi and Akroyd were dressed as Samurai and pulled out their swords to fight and both swords instantly broke. They looked at the handles of their swords and read "Made in Japan"...insert crowd laughter. How times have changed. Could the fact companies are making quality products in China have a halo or spillover effect on the "illegal" knockoffs. 2. Blatant knockoffs from Ibanez, Hamer and Tokai and others have skyrocketed in value. I've never played an ibanez knock off or a chinese one and I assume the former has much better quality but....does it? Are we just being skewed in our percetion which may evolve? 3. How rare are Chibsons? According to the MSN homepage I could retire if I sell my old Disney on VHS collection even though blue ray seems a better physical copy..... oh and all that shit is available for streaming anytime on Disney + without cleaning my heads and sitting through the FBI warning....so will a Zakk Wylde copy from China be valuable 20 years from now? 30 years? Even though it's not real...it may be rare and hard to find in good condition means....valuable. Maybe 4. Other small builders made knockoffs and those became more expensive than actual Gibsons. So...what I am asking is will Chinese knockoffs be like beanie babies...you laugh now but....20 years from now will no one care if its real and accept it as fake even if it says Gibson but still find it desirable?