Since perhaps 2009 several Ebay sellers mostly based in Europe have been selling reproduction American plates. Graphic, firefighter and Indian tribe plates are the most common and the reproductions are fairly good. For those who know American plates well, there are several small errors and mistakes on each plate but it is easy for someone who does not know US plates to be fooled into thinking these are real plates.
The paint quality on the reproductions is not very good, the validation tabs are wrong and many have holes of the wrong shape. Most of the designs are basically correct although some of the colours are slightly wrong but the designs are all printed just slightly wrong. Some plates are embossed when the real ones are flat, many bases have incorrect sticker boxes and all the reproductions are non-reflective.
They are sold very cheaply (about 10USD) by many sellers in Italy, France, Germany and Belgium.
All the plates in a particular design have the same number on them and we do not know if they have been copied from web photos or from plates in someone’s collection. Some people say they are made in Italy and some say they are made in China. I have also seen it said that they are made in France but that seems unlikely.
There are known to have been more than 130 different designs over the past 2 years but not all are included in this photo.
The worrying thing is that although most of the European sellers clearly state that they are reproductions, some of the crooks on Ebay may be tempted to try to resell them at high prices claiming they are genuine. German Ebayer thetransporterde and French Ebayers papido62, frenchpubroc and coolpassion75 have been selling them as the real thing. They have also appeared on the Czech auction site www.aukro.cz from seller vyprodeje being sold as genuine.
German Ebay plate dealer wutikatze often sells these plates as genuine as does nala_saian from France and croatien73 from Germany.
Please get in touch if you know of any not shown here, can provide a better photo of any or know of anyone else selling them.
I have photos of the same genuine plates if anyone needs to see the differences.
If anyone wants a much bigger version of this photo, please ask.
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