And what would an eBayana Guide be without a unique custom item? Eboyauctions' "Drive to eBay Live! June 12, 2006" window sign fills the bill nicely. I think it had to do with him selling advertising space on his vehicle for his drive to eBay Live! 2006, or maybe he was trying to get together a caravan of eBay Live-goers, but I don't really remember. I just know that I bought the sign when he sold it in 2007. It's a lovely diamond shape bisected by the classic eBay colorwave with the eBay Live! logo above it in a field of white and the words "Drive to eBay Live! on June 12, 2006" below it in a field of blue.
Now let's talk about some driver's license items. First of all, there's the basic black eBay Motors license plate frame. It's got the URL www.ebaymotors.com across the top in white, and across the bottom it has the eBay logo followed by the word Motors™, also in white. Somehow or other we accumulated seven of these, and we managed to resell them all on eBay as a Fixed Price 30-Day (FP30) listing with a Best Offer option.
Our favorite offer came from Japan, whence a Buyer offered to buy 6 of them for only $1 each less than what we were asking. And shipping wasn't free to Japan, either. We'd already sold the first one at full price, so overall we really made out like bandits — relatively speaking, of course, since we still made less than $50 total for all 7 plate frames. But they went to appreciative new homes. The Japanese Buyer was especially excited, because he planned to share them with friends. So somewhere on the island of Japan, there's a posse of buddies all driving around with eBay Motors license plate frames.
Next up is the equally classic black and white ebay.com license plate frame. It says ebaY.COM in white across the top (with the word " ebay" in logo form) and has the URL www.ebay.com in white across the bottom. This is a really early item of eBayana, because it was made before eBay dropped the .com from their corporate name. You really can't go wrong with elegant black and white. It's like a tuxedo for your license plate. We sold this one too, but I forget who bought it. But whoever it was really liked it, because I do remember that they left us very positive feedback.
For those who prefer to eBay in color — and to make a statement while doing so — there are a couple of choices, again ranging from basic black to pristine white. To start us off white, there's a lovely license plate frame with the www.ebay.com URL across the top; across the bottom, it says "I'd rather be trading on ebaY", with the full-color eBay logo. Now, who could argue with that? But we sold this one too, although now I sort of wish we hadn't.
Slightly trendier — and now either nostalgically classic or hopelessly dated, depending on your point of view (I'm of the nostalgia school of thought, because it's such a classic line) — there's a black license plate frame that says "honk if you got it" (with the word "it" in its ad-campaign logo form and colors of green, orange, and yellow) across the top and "on ebaY " across the bottom, with the word " ebay" in full-color logo form.
As shown herein, this particular license plate frame nicely complements the real-life license plate EBAY-01, which belongs to onecrazyredhead from Connecticut. Check out her eBay store for good buys all the time! I've also seen this same license plate frame on an "EBAYQUN" license plate. And currently for sale on eBay is an EBAY license plate from Massachussetts that's still valid: Buy It Now for $5000 or Best Offer.
There's another eBay license plate that we might as well mention at this time. It was sold by The eBay Shop a few years ago, and it says CUONEBAY in true license-plate style, accented by the official eBay color ribbon with the full-color eBay logo in a tastefully offset oval above the letters.
In fact, if your state permits you to have a novelty plate as your front license plate, it will look great on your wheels. There's an eBay drop-off shop near us that has a company car done up in an eBay wrap, and I keep wanting to put this license plate on it with an eBay license plate frame front and back. We were going to sell it, but it's so rare and I like it so much that I'm keeping it for myself, to hang with my antique Texas and SLEAZE and SPAM FAN license plates. (My ex-husband's and my old personalized plates, JUMP HI and HI VLTG, hang elsewhere in our decor.)
Speaking of eBay license plate frames, you might want to stop reading here unless you are either a PowerSeller or an aspiring PowerSeller. If you're not a PowerSeller (yet), at least try not to be jealous. No one but you will know whether you're faking it if you put one of the two extant (that I know about) eBay PowerSeller license plate frames on your vehicle. Maybe there are even more PowerSeller license plate frames in existence; if so, please let me know.
I believe these were available through the special PowerSeller section of The eBay Shop (which absolutely anyone can access nowadays, more's the pity), but I'm not sure, since I wasn't yet a PowerSeller (under our selling ID of monjott) when these license plate frames were on offer. Both are an elegant black. The classic black and white version says "I'm a proud" across the top in white and has the eBay and PowerSeller logos at the bottom, also in white, along with the word PowerSeller as included in the PowerSeller logo. "I'm a proud eBay PowerSeller" — what more can you say? What else do you need to say?
A trendier, now nostalgic (again) and more colorful black PowerSeller license plate frame features the tagline "You can sell it on ebaY" across the top in white, with both the words "it" and " ebay" in full-color logo form. At the bottom is the eBay logo with the PowerSeller icon and the word " PowerSeller", all in white.
All of the eBay license plate frames and also the eBay license plate are VHTF (Very Hard To Find), so grab 'em when and if you see 'em. I'm guessing that the various eBay license plate frames originally came from The eBay Shop, as did the CUONEBAY license plate, but I really don't know for sure.
What more can you do to pimp your ride the eBay way? Why, add an eBay bumper sticker, of course! eBay stickers in general are a subject for a whole 'nother guide, but I'll tell you about a few highlights made especially for the road.
First, of course, there's your basic classic I (heart) ebay.com, with the full-color eBay logo. I believe these were sold by The eBay Shop way back in the day, when eBay was still ebay.com.
Then there's my personal favorite: "Find the people who love what you love." This is a particularly beautiful bumper sticker, with the tagline in a green band above an eBay color-wheel excerpt centered by the full-color eBay logo. There's another one that looks just like it that says, with the words in a blue band, "The world is getting smaller, one bid at a time."
These were part of a one-sheet set given out at eBay Live! 2005 in San José (the 10-year anniversary year that The Power Of All Of Us was eBay's slogan) and also available as a printout from thepowerofallofus.com. I think they might also have been sold at The eBay Shop (which was kind of a rip-off, if you knew about the freebies). Nowadays you can probably find one for sale on eBay. That's not a rip-off, that's entrepreneurship.
For truly cosmopolitan eBayers, there's also the "tuned by ebay" bumper stickers that were available at ebay.at as part of a special eBay Motors promotion at eBay Austria. (I also got a thong and camisole with the "tuned by ebay" logo, but that's all I'm going to tell you about that.) Then there are clear oval country stickers that bear the full-color ebay.NL (Netherlands) or ebay.BE (Belgium) logos. There might be others, but I've never seen them. We've got ebay.NL on our rear side window, because I'm half Dutch. These are very hard to find, but I got mine at eBay Germany ( ebay.de).
From there we get into the bootleg eBay bumper stickers, which are almost too numerous to mention here. My favorites are d.c.diesel's "POWERED BY ebay", with the full-color eBay logo, and insigniaworks1's " ebay FUELS THIS VEHICLE", also with the full-color eBay logo. Both sellers are from eBay UK but sell at ebay.com.
Or you can get a bumper sticker from atomgrey that says "Maybe you should go to ebay and BUY A CLUE". eBay Education Specialists and Trading Assistants can get custom window decals with their phone numbers from westcoastdecalz. eBay PowerSeller and eBay Trading Assistant decals are available in both white and full color from groovy-graphics. And plain white ebaY logo decals can be had from creative_fx. Perhaps you'd prefer the tasteful legend "I'm an eBay whore" as offered by tranzaction, whose About Me page says that they are located in the armpit of Ohio. Personally, I go for Grannie Annie's cheerful custom bumper sticker: Don't Worry. Be Happy. EBAY by stuff-from-hawaii.
Finally, don't forget that air quality is very important in a vehicle — especially in a vehicle! You'll want to keep it fresh with either the eBay Motors air freshener in the shape of a little red car (it's adorable) with the eBay Motors logo or a pine tree with the eBay logo (perfect for decorating the car the eBay way at Christmastime). Now you're all ready to start driving yourself eBay!
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