Because conterfeits are still way worse. I'd promptly buy generic strats if the price was attractive and provided pretty much the same features of an original Fender strat. Some features I don't find together on a generic strat: 1) nitro finish 2) alder body, maple neck 3) satin/matte neck finish 4) truss rod nut at heel 5) bluesy-oriented neck shapes (U, V, soft-V, D or similar with a decent shoulder), 7.25 or 9.5 radius. 6) vintage-sized bridge interchangeable with Fender's These seem to be features not so hard to provide, but I don't know any ~$1100 strat delivering all of these features. A Fender Vintera Road Worn does.