I'm looking to pick up a wireless remote. The genuine Canon remotes cost $21 from B&H and Adorama. There are some knockoffs on Ebay that run a fraction of that price. Do they work as well or is it a case of getting what you pay for?
I picked up an OEM wireless remote from Amazon for my Nikon camera and have not had any issues.
Edit: I should add that depending on which battery the unit requires; some you can acquire at your local Wal Mart, etc., and others I've had to visit our local wristwatch specialist store. Each battery is different.
I'm not sure I understand "crippling" the equipment?
I've only used my wireless for when I want to be in the picture, and still I could have used the timer function in lieu. 99.999 percent of the time I used a cable release with "mirror lockup" in order to reduce induced vibration. I think my wireless cost under $10 a couple years ago.