While knockoffs are fun to collect, I avoid buying or
using new products that are
knockoffs (and they are everywhere!). Not only is it
distasteful to me to
give money to thieves, but I have found that people with no moral
qualms about stealing design also have no moral qualms about cheating
their customers as to quality.
A word about the “lesser” items in a
Some collectors want only the “best of the best,” the
and most desirable pieces. At least in
my radio collection, I have taken the
route of the “completist.” It takes up a lot of space, I must admit,
but I find that even the less interesting and less important radios
somehow inform the others— often in unforseen and unpredictable ways. I
have learned a great deal about
these radios, much of it from the “lesser” radios that snobs shun.