So, you're broke. What else is new?
Maybe you've just started college, or perhaps you're working in a job where the pay hasn't caught up to your lifestyle yet. The key point is, when you open your purse, there's a shortfall there.
There are some items where you can cut back without too many problems. High-end makeup can be substituted for drugstore options, to little or no effect on the result. You can spend your nights eating noodles and convincing yourself the little flavoring packet is all you need for good taste. Clothes can be thrifted - and you can even earn yourself a little credit if you describe them as vintage.
Then one night, you're getting ready to go out, and your blow dryer gives up the ghost. A quick look online shows a cheap, eastern reproduction of the product that you want. You know it's a knockoff, but it'll probably do as good a job, and it's all you can afford right now. So what's the harm?
Well, nothing apart from the fact it can blow up and kill you.
Reproductions Are Not Safe
They aren't made to the same standards, to begin with. Then when they're complete, they don't go through the same levels of safety testing. Taking the above example, nearly 1,000 people are seriously injured every year by blow dryers. Some of those aren't even while they're in use, but when they trigger fires just from being plugged in.