You’ve heard it all your life. If it seems like it’s too good to be true, it probably is. If you actually think you can get an EOTECH holographic sight for $33, you’re probably still wearing an N95 mask as you drive around in your car.
We’ve covered this before, people. Maybe you’re not dumb enough to buy a GLOCK switch or a suppressor that could result in a knock on your door by an actual ATF agent and wind up with you doing a stretch in jail. But lots of you apparently think buying a “holographic sight” that ships from Guangzhou is a good idea.
Where should we start? First and most obviously, the Chinese POS pictured in the wish.com listing above isn’t an EOTECH 558. This is . . .
The 558 runs on AA batteries, hence the longer housing. EOTECHs that run on CR123 batteries are their XPS or EXPS sights. The copyright pirates in the Middle Kingdom couldn’t even be bothered to name their tarted-up red dot — hint: it’s not actually a holographic sight — correctly.
The EOTECH 558 is a real-deal holographic sight that’s made here in America. It’s built like a tank, stands up to all kinds of weather and abuse, and backed by a 10-year warranty. That’s why you’re going to pay over $600 for one. A real one, that is.
Companies like EOTECH are forced to spend a lot of time, energy, and money chasing down copyright thieves who crank out (probably using slave labor) garbage like that thing above and then sell it on sites like wish.com and others.
The companies also produce videos like this one to keep you from buying one from someone over here who buys them and then tries to pass off Chineseum as the real deal . . .
In this video, JB goes over the vital issue of being able to spot fake EOTECH products. We take this very seriously, our end users rely on our optics as life-saving equipment! If you have ANY questions as to the validity of your optic click here: https://t.co/fz0hcZbOHV
— EOTECH (@EOTECHInc) June 15, 2023
First, just don’t buy sh!tty Chinese knockoffs like this stuff. It should be very obvious what this is. It’s slapped-together crap made by criminals who are literally taking money out of the pockets of legitimate American (and other) companies and their employees.
Second, if some guy sidles up to you at the range and tells you he’s strapped for cash and needs to unload his EOTECH HWS (or Leupold or Zeiss scope or whatever) for $150, do yourself a favor…do a quick web search. And then use your head. You know…that’s the lump that’s three feet above your ass, mkay?