Ive seen several Gibson Les Pauls and Ibanez JEM's online for sale of around £200, from China.

This seems so cheap. Are they the real thing?

Surely if its a fake and theyre making copies, it is illegal to use the companys name?

I just dont understand why theyre so cheap!
No, they are not real. Yes they are illegal (but I guess the companies can't do anything to them)

They're cheap because they're made cheaply, that and they make the money off the shipping (which is 3x what it would cost to actually ship the guitar over).

(same applies to the other brands that are being copied)