Originally Posted by brewmenn
The products may cost pennies to make, but how much did it cost to develop them?
The patent holders are allowed exclusivity of a product before it can be replicated. All of the big name manufacturers are holders of several patents at one time. The product is clearly explained down to every single molecule in the product. As soon as the patent expires, the greed jumps on the bandwagon, collecting their piece of the pie while doing nothing. Greed.