I think this is a really great breakdown of the subject, and I share your feelings on this. I don't really care if people buy and enjoy these copies. It's the defense and justification of the practice that sometimes gets me upset, like saying it's OK because the original is overpriced. I just always find the level of acceptability it has in the guitar community to be interesting, as opposed to others. I've used this example before, but some people won't be caught dead wearing fake Jordans, while others will show off a Chibson with pride.