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739-Ebay jbeerd Libya hospitality fake replica number license plate

In July 2018 Ebay seller jbeerd (aka carplatespro) from Moscow in Russia was trying to sell this replica Libyan hospitality plate. He usually has up to10 copies of each plate with the same number. They were all made from a photo of a genuine plate on the www.

Although every one of the 'genuine' plates in collections has come straight from the scrap bin of Utsch, the German manufacturer, they were at least almost made correctly (the bird on the right is wrong on all of 20 or so in collections). This one however still has the bird wrong, has holes where there should be none and the watermark in the reflective sheet is missing.

There is absolutely no such thing as a genuine used Libyan hospitality plate in any collection.

Do you really want in your collection a fake plate that is not only so obviously wrong but that many other people also have? You can't even boast about your latest plate to other collectors since they will laugh at you for wasting so much money on rubbish when they see what you bought.

The big problem is going to come later when some of these plates get into the market. From a photo during a sale or trade it could be difficult to tell if the plate or plates are genuine or not to someone without the correct knowledge. It just proves that any plate you bid on or trade for MUST be checked VERY carefully against the huge number of photos of genuine plates available on the www. You are always welcome to send me an email through this site to ask if a plate is genuine.

This just makes everything difficult for everyone. Reproductions are very bad for the hobby and if you care about the future of the hobby, it is better you do not buy reproductions, especially such poor quality ones like this seller makes.

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