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 RIP OFFS OF OUR STUFF..................THE ONES WE KNOW ABOUT
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cavediving1
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afake_cavediving1
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We  know that there are many copies of this patch out there. We sometimes have trouble telling the difference between ours and theirs with these fakes which leads us to believe that the pirates may have used our file.
We sold out of the 100 that we made almost three years ago. We made one hundred copies of the replacement ; Cave Diving II and have sold nearly all of that issue. We are sure that we will still be seeing these fakes after we are selling Cave Diving III  
We sold out of the first night diver patch years ago. We promised to make only 100 copies but others saw fit to copy this patch and flood the market with fakes. We think that our Night Diver III , now for sale, is so much better than the stuff we were making when these pirates decided to knock us off.  These fakes are the easiest to tell from ours. On the fakes the top right corner of the flag is chopped. AND the "E" & "R" in diver are closer to the blue of the center. night1
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nightdiver_fake
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nitrox1
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nitrox_knockoff
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This was the only one we ever saw of these. It is similar to ours but just a bit sloppy and the black outlines are a bit ragged.
This has to be the worst attempt that we have seen at ripping off our designs. We saw this listed for sale only one time and it was from the Philippines. It almost looks hand made. cenote2
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worst_knockoff
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We compete with a number of other sellers and/or designers of SCUBA Diving Patches. It is a small market. We enjoy the rivalry that we share with these others. We keep in touch with some of them and report any transgressions that we find. We are not the only ones to experience this piracy.
We have no problem if someone has a patch that goes head to head with our designs......same theme......different approach...different text, color, etc. Give the buyers a choice.......but don't counterfiet our designs! Know the difference!!! It is not about just the money. The money is small in this business. It is about undermining the integrity of others. We promise , most of the time, "not always" to limit the number of copies to 100. When the pirates rip us off they steal our integrity. They cause our customers to question our promises.
We hope you don't think we object to you selling or trading our patches. We don't. We think that should be part of the fun and you should not have to wonder if you are trading originals or fakes.

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