Replicas and fakes are both things that are not original, but these words are used in different contexts.
A replica indicates a product that is not real but is used for specific reasons, whereas a fake is not just a product. It is used in many contexts.
Replicas are copies of original products. These products can vary, ranging from branded items like clothes, shoes, jewelry, leather products, accessories, trophies awarded for sports, etc. Sometimes these replicas are used in museums and other sports or award functions because the original is too expensive to be moved from one place to another and the hassles involved in arranging their security.
The main thing about a replica is that it may be a very close copy and almost indistinguishable from the original. Replicas are sometimes used when the original thing never existed, yet it must be displayed in a museum.
Replicas also indicate copies of original products made only by the company originally making that product. This is done to reduce the cost of the original product, which is usually very high for designer pieces.
Replicas are not only used for displays in museums and made by the original companies but are used to sell products of cheaper quality for a higher price as counterfeit. Money, coins, clothes, handbags, shoes, accessories, watches, artwork, and firearms are all sold for a profit without the buyer knowing that he is buying a replica.
Fake products are copies of original products and are mostly cheaper versions for a very high price product. Sometimes, people buying fakes are unaware of a fake.
“Fake” refers to various things ranging from movie sets to props used in dramas, dance, or theater. Characters of fictional stories are called fake characters. Fictitious examples used for medicine or law purposes are called fake. The behavior of a person who is not behaving like himself is called fake behavior. “Counterfeit, forgery,” and “decoy” all these things are considered “fakes.”
Fakes are easily available. They are cheaper because of their lesser quality. However, they do less damage as they do not require animals to be killed, as in the case of fake fur, ivory, etc.
In general, a fake and a replica are both copies. In general language, they are even used interchangeably. But a replica is used more often as a more legitimate copy than a fake is considered.
- Replicas are copies that may have been made with the consent of the original company to reduce their cost or be used in museums to protect the original or when the real item does not exist and still needs to be displayed.
2. A fake is also a copy but mostly sold illegally for profit without the consent of the original company.