Ever grabbed a low hanging fruit of a bargain, and ended up with a fake?
Having a long time interest in the AK's, I always wanted to mount an authentic side-railed steel-cased scope. Every one I saw at gun shows and elsewhere was either no good or too pricey.
Finally I spotted a new Russian mil spec 4x on the Internet, advertised and photographed at a major vendors web site. The price was fair, and I bit.
It arrived spotless, well built, properly marked in Cyrillic. I commenced mounting it on my AK and found that it fit poorly, too much free play. I moved the scope to another AK side rail, same result. Have the Russians changed the specs while i slept?
My research turned up nothing. Next day I sat down with the scope again, and spotted the markings on the turret. You don't have to read Cyrillic to notice that Left and Right (the opposite turn arrows) had the SAME word. It stands for LEFT. Both ways.
It was the OMG moment. I started looking for the manufacturers info. None. Lots of letters and symbols, none said Made In Russia (or Belarus, or anywhere). Here is your sign. Chi Com.
I sent the item back. The seller balked at first, then admitted it was a "replica". Long story short, I promised him publicity, and they refunded me. Shipping had been free.
Any good memories of getting screwed, here is the place to take em off your chest. Goooooood morning!!