The vaping industry is chock full of nonsense drama. It’s kinda funny really. This happens a lot in any Chinese exporter industry mind, clones, designed in some dudes basement and made in china, stupidly variable pricing.
But, it’s also kinda a perfect example of “do we really need patents for a good industry?” I think the answer is clearly no.
That said, I bought a goon 1.5 clone from 3fvape a couple weeks ago . . .if the damn thing ever gets here. And it’s not because I’m morally against Goon or their 60 USD RRP, it’s because I didn’t have 60 bucks, but I did have 8, simple as that.
Funnily enough, that’s how the “free market” is actually supposed to work. And so is Eightvape taking a much smaller profit margin than expected in effort to sell more. But, naturally, IP holders tend to throw hissy-fits in real free markets. Vaping is actually a good example of a pretty free market right now, and great to compare to the markets controlled by various mono/oligopoly stakes and the regulatory bodies they’ve effectively seized thru funding.