I thought template kits were par for the course. Back in 03/04 at the height of our powers our home kit was a template, Brazil and Inter plus many others all had the same basic kit design just with different colours.
Can't say I'd really noticed this become a particular problem in the later years of Nike, but fair enough. I'd take more of the same if it meant and extra £20m a year from someone else other than Puma.
Also, Mainz getting our recycled designs isn't an example of then putting no thought into us, it's an example of them putting no thought into Mainz, which doesn't bother me at all lol