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Old 06-11-2008, 10:23 AM   #1
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Check this out, Chinese knock-off

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Old 06-11-2008, 10:27 AM   #2
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Very very interesting!!!

If anyone gets one, please share the info!
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Old 06-11-2008, 10:56 AM   #3
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wow those manufacturers have no idea what "copyright" means, it doesn't mean "ya we copy right"!!!

wonder how long the chinaluminum holds out,looks cool though
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Old 06-11-2008, 11:57 AM   #4
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HPI's Response to the Clones

Dear Baja Fans and Baja community,

HPI Racing is aware of the appearance of Baja ‘clones’ on the market and the discussions about them on internet forums and other places.

Most Forum members here have already correctly said that these are blatant copies and have nothing to do with HPI’s Baja.

However, HPI would like to make a few statements about the clones and the discussions about them:

General comments:

1. HPI welcomes all discussions about the company and its products on internet forums or anywhere else.
2. HPI is a brand well known for innovative, market-leading designs which bring new excitement to the RC world. The best examples of this include the Nitro RS4, Micro RS4, Savage and now the Baja 5B, which has clearly inspired the large-scale scene around the world. Research and development and high quality production of these products costs money. Like in all industries, product imitation discourages innovation and such products only ride on the back of successful concepts without contributing any new ideas to the industry.
3. These Baja clones are simply cheap, unauthorized copies. They are not made at the HPI factory, or any factory associated with HPI and they have got absolutely nothing to do with HPI’s production.
4. Do not be fooled by pictures. In our experience, very often these so called clones have not yet been made. A replication factory makes a few of their own components and then assembles a car using 80-90% original HPI parts that they have bought in a regular shop. With this method they appear to have a finished product with which they gauge the market. The final imitation products might not resemble the “prototype” at all and are often of even lower quality.

HPI will consider legal action in the following cases:

1. Companies use HPI’s original pictures and artwork without any authorization to market their products and to mislead customers about the origin and nature of the copy product. HPI will of course consider legal action against these copyright infringements , either against the originator, or the website carrying the copyright protected material.
2. HPI will not accept public statements on forums or websites that are simply untrue and made without any proof or are not clearly identified as an opinion. 3. HPI will consider legal action against the originators of any such statements, or the websites carrying them.
HPI will consider legal action against the factories and anybody selling or importing these blatant direct copy products into any market.
4. In particular, HPI EU will take legal action against the first importer of these cars into the EU, who would under EU law be fully responsible for ensuring the compliance of the product with the relevant EU laws.

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Old 06-11-2008, 05:46 PM   #5
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$500.00 Why not pick one up! Replace parts as needed!
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Old 06-11-2008, 08:44 PM   #6
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Personally it sounds kinda fishy to me... supposed to order 1.. accidentilly ordered 10... I got burned on some digital cameras a few years ago like that...

Plus there was someone selling baja knockoffs on eBay for like $300...
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Old 06-11-2008, 09:32 PM   #7
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I bought a chinese smartech winner onroad car once......biggest mistake i ever made. Lets, just say, it fell apart, not broke apart. It was 2 wheel drive after the first break-in tank. second tank, con-rod snapped.

I will not support the making of junk and will not support any copycat companies that pull this crap and coast into victory by having a truck that is 99.9% the idea of a mainstream company, but $200-300 cheaper.

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Old 06-12-2008, 10:03 PM   #8
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welcome to manufacturing... ask anyone who does tool and die or mould making about china... ur gonna get a look....

this doesnt suprise me.... whats happened is a company in china is popping out all the paarts for the baja... they found out this "toy" is HUGE selling worldwide and decided "Let's make it as out own!" and so it came..... this happens with anything/everything... they will sell it for next to nothing (which is what it costs to make these things) and make a huge profit...

once again... welcome to manufacturing....
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Old 06-13-2008, 06:19 AM   #9
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re cheap knock offs

the saying you get what you pay for usually comes into play when buying these knock offs from china.

why risk buying total junk just to save a few bucks when you can buy the real mc coy and actually get replacement parts for it in most hobby shops?

good luck getting parts for these knock offs and by the sounds of it you will need alot of parts to be able to use them .
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Old 06-13-2008, 09:25 AM   #10
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keep in mid REPLACEMENT PARTS from the original baja b5 DON'T ALWAYS direct FIT theres KNOCK OFF BRANDS.....
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