Bottom line bro, to me, is do you want to be able to participate in the costuming hobby, or not? If you have such a problem with replicas, then well, there's the proverbial door.
I for one want to be able to complete my custom armor and wear it. That's not going to happen if I *only* buy "official licensed replicas". They don't make half of what I want. And they darn sure don't do it in custom.
I have alot of respect for the artists here. I may never buy an MSH2 helm, or an HS helm, or one of 99centtaco's nifty belts(just to name a few things). But I appreciate their contributions, and every other artisan's contributions here. It would be a sad day indeed if the only things we were allowed to do was to buy strictly MR stuff and modify it to suit our custom concepts. I'd have to wear BDU's and an MR helm, and that's about it, mate.
So, like I said... if you have such a problem with the idea, you know where the virtual door is. Just my 2 credits.