Consider that before the time of Ebay most fans made their own uniforms and they varied based on the ability of the fan. Now basic uniforms can be found on Ebay. They are more consistent but still poor in quality. Some fans are extremely talented when it comes to costume design and replication.
Yeh, but i think what the Original Poster is saying.. and what i agree with is.. if you dont have the means to make/buy a decent costume.. then dont bother...
(if that isnt what you were saying OP, its certainly how i feel)