Do reproductions have a place?

A question to ponder, and perhaps you all can voice your opinions as well:

Is there a proper place for reproductions? If they are properly – and permanently – marked, can they be used as “placeholders” in a collection? Or simply as decorator items?

Of course, there’s always the risk of an item being altered by the unscrupulous to be passed off as genuine …

Do any of you have strong feelings one way or the other about reproductions?

And how about fantasy pieces? Will they just cause problems for future collectors?

— Posted by Karen