Update December 2011 on plates that fake (or he believes replica) seller Ebayer kurabaya1 from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada has created.
His plates are now being listed as “location Singapore” so I guess he has a deal with some fake plate manufacturer there and is not even having them delivered to Canada any more. These are yet more of the same, poor quality copies that he has been trying to sell for a while. Some are copied from photos, some are copied from images on websites and all are wrong in some way.
They are made from vinyl stickers on flat metal but all the real plates are pressed. Most are the wrong size (being 6” x 12” US size rather than the different foreign sizes) and some are very poor copies.
These are poor quality copies or fakes and it is just a way of making money by getting collectors to part with their hard earned cash. He does have in very, very small letters on his auctions that they are reproductions but he does not say they are poor quality reproductions and the writing is so small that it is obviously designed so that people will not see it.
Ebay seller ismaa3, who is probably also pasapik, in Spain has started selling kurabaya1’s very poor quality copies as real plates trying to fool collectors. Not good.
These are all sellers that it is best to avoid.