It seems that for every pop culture icon, at least 2,374,551 knock-offs enter the market, trying to make a dollar off of the famous name. But some of them are so bad, so laughably terrible, that it's impossible to imagine anyone mistaking them for the real thing.

I mean, there's Groot and then there's Greg. RoboCop and SilverCop. Sonic and... Blue Speed Mouse.

If someone has bought one of these abominations — and I really hope nobody did — it's just because they forgot their friend's birthday and walked into a store 5 minutes before the party, saw a stupid thing on a shelf, and thought it would make a funny joke of a present. That's it. I refuse to believe there's another reason why people would spend money on this stuff. Many just take a picture of these items, send the image to an Instagram account called Ugly Bootlegs, and put it right back. And that's enough.

Here are some of the most absurd pictures Ugly Bootlegs has received so far.

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#1

Technically Not A Bootleg But....

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Ian Milne
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1 month ago

At least it was only his arm...

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The Internet, however, is not helping the authorities to fight the rise of counterfeit goods and other phony products. For example, like Ganda Suthivarakom pointed out in Wirecutter, many shoppers don't realize this, but the majority of listings on Amazon aren't actually for items sold by Amazon itself. They're run by third-party sellers. And even though a lot of third-party sellers are law-abiding merchants, many of them are peddling fakes.

A huge Wall Street Journal investigation in 2019 revealed that Amazon has listed "thousands of banned, unsafe, or mislabeled products," from dangerous children's products to electronics with fake certifications. The Verge said that even Amazon's listings for its own line of goods are "getting hijacked by impostor sellers." Furthermore, CNBC found that the company has shipped expired foods (including baby formula) to customers, highlighting its inability to monitor something as basic as an expiration date.

#2

Too Good #spinner 📷: @danksimpsons

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 month ago

That's actually clever, if rather weird.

RavenClaw
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Is it really knock-off or like a clever pun

glowworm2
Community Member
1 month ago

This one is actually amazing!

Soodney
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1 month ago

Veeery cleeveerr

Adam Hart-Dyke
Community Member
1 month ago

Total genius

BoredPanda is awesome
Community Member
1 month ago

don't know the word to describe it...

Sabse
Community Member
1 month ago

Same...

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Stanley Yen
Community Member
1 month ago

Who is "Spimeeer?"

Anna Feldman
Community Member
1 month ago

So clever

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The sale of counterfeit items represents around 3.3 percent of world trade, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, an international group with 36 member countries (including the US) that provides analysis and policy recommendations. The value of seized goods in the US (if they'd been real) was almost $1.4 billion in 2018, according to data by the US Customs and Border Protection.

But while law enforcement agencies have been reporting carcinogensbacteria, and waste from both humans and rodents in counterfeit cosmetics, and fake chargers and cheaply-made lithium ion batteries are threatening to damage our electronics, at least we get some really ugly bootlegs we can laugh at.

#3

Technically A Bootleg, Definitely Not Ugly & 100% Badass.
creation By @labmonkeynumber9

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Aisling Allan
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1 month ago

This is just the best.

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#4

Who's Ready For The New Avengers? 📷: @comicbook_ads

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Brett
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1 month ago

“The worlds collide”

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#5

Still Not Dead. I Literally Have Had About 50 People Send Me This In The Last Couple Of Days. Created By The Psychologically Questionable, And Obvious Genius @obviousplant

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Guy Levin
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1 month ago

Yeahhh that's a parody by obviousplant

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#6

Enter Caption
📷: @wherethetoysare

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Brett
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1 month ago

Me after all my online school classes for the day

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#7

Blue Speed Mouse™
📷: @turtles_are_dank

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Davor Jelacic
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1 month ago

One size fits most is the real joke here

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#8

Elsa™️
📷: @dannydevitostoupee

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FauxRealFauxSho
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1 month ago

“Mom, I think you should have bought something elsa, pun fully intended.”

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#9

🔥🔥🔥
📷: @foldedshirts Via @ermsy

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Ray Martin
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1 month ago

E.T hates Mondays.

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#10

When Sunday Turns Into Monday.
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📷:@juliemarie.03

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Brett
Community Member
1 month ago

This is funny I would buy it and frame it

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#11

@fakefiles Brining The 🔥🔥🔥!

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Cip IESAN
Community Member
1 month ago

Just don't!

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#12

Prongles™
"Once You Pop, That's Great!"
📷: @puppycodes

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Maisha Mir
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1 month ago

"once you pop... that's great!" 😂😂

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#13

The Simpsons Band™
📷: @kalaka_toys
so Many Questions!!!!

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Cip IESAN
Community Member
1 month ago

The Simpsons Band Of Brothers...

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#14

I'm Just Going To Place This Here....
📷: @toyfiend

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Queen fhk
Community Member
1 month ago

Wtf oh my God

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#15

#pangea

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Geography lessons for all!

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#16

The King Of The Magic Rings ™
📷: @pepparkaksninja .
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still My Favorite

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Falcon
Community Member
1 month ago

Ah yes, the famous character from Lord Of The Rings. Jedi-Stormtrooper with a claymore.

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#17

Transformable Thomas™️
📷: @skreeeeongk_boom

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Olivier Caissy
Community Member
1 month ago

And they thought the Avengers was the best crossover ever, shows what they know.

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#18

These Would Be Sick For A Reboot. #wouldyoubuythis 📷: @zeeemdee

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Kisses4Katie
Community Member
1 month ago

Their..fingers.. 😱

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#19

Enter Caption™️
📷: @t3_toys

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Ian Milne
Community Member
1 month ago

ET is giving a Hitler style salute.

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#20

Enter Caption
📷: @bootleg_daycare

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Ray Martin
Community Member
1 month ago

It's Michelingelo

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#21

Enter Caption™️
📷: @lord_tello

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Brett
Community Member
1 month ago

I think he might be enjoying himself a little too much...

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#22

Boy & Mom Sampson
📷: @ohmyerotica

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Brett
Community Member
1 month ago

Why is mom Sampson staring into my soul?? 😭

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#23

My Buddy @specialedtoys Finally Found His Grail. I’m Eventually Going Back To France Just To Find These Belle Merde.

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Brett
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

ET has seen some stuff

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#24

📷: @satangrabsbackward

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Analyn Lahr
Community Member
1 month ago

Run away!

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#25

Sipdre-Nma™
📷: @clarkchan53

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Ray Martin
Community Member
1 month ago

Spidyslexia Man

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#26

Alien-Man™
📷: @theeremedy Via @luis_lugo_23

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

I can't get over the inspirational message. What sort of hokum is that?

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#27

✨¡¡¡need A Pair!!!✨
📷: @cfritolemon

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Bee Jairrels
Community Member
1 month ago

When your too broke to buy Nikes

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#28

Squad Goals™
📷:@bigfriendlyjoe

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Smitten Kitten
Community Member
1 month ago

Apart from the probably highly poisonous paint, I like these coz they're not made of plastic.

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#29

Enter Caption™️
📷: The @kalaka_toys Collection

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Jonathan
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like someone took 'eat my shorts' a little too literally.

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#30

Mexican Bootlegs Are Rad!!!
📷: @nostalgic_collector

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Brivid
Community Member
1 month ago

These are supposed to be Ninja Turtles. I am a child of the 80's but I can't figure out what is wrong with them. Does anybody know?

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