Thanks to this forum, I haven't bought a fake in a really long time. The only fake things I have, are things that came from a man who had a medal and badge shop at Smiley's flea market in my Hometown, Hendersonville, NC. I started spending every penney of my money there when I was 10, and I kept buying things from him until he closed down when I was 13. I bought a ton of fake badges and medals from him, but I at least got a good number of original patches. Old geezer ripped me off for three years of my 'hard earned' birthday money.
The funny thing is that I don;'t really want to get rid of any of it. It is all serving in my display until they are all gradually replaced.