Daniel, yes you are right that this is a good example. I certainly understand William's and other's points as it is a fair assessment of the current state of affairs.
What initially was a question about creating a Window Sticker for fun has morphed into more of a serious topic for discussion. Since the point has been made clear by a few of the CRG members, I certainly don't want to keep this thread going if all has been said. But I guess as long as there are replies...
"Back in the day" when the Internet was safe, no one had a problem clicking away on links found in emails, or going to web sites that a friend might refer you to. As time went on, it got more dangerous as bad-guys would set traps and viruses to prey on the unsuspecting. It seems like everyone got burned at one point, whether a virus wiped out a hard drive, or SPAM started spewing out of their home machine, etc. Then tools became available to help deter these threats. And, education that there are forces out there who want to do harm changed the way we conduct ourselves on the Internet. My kids won't know the battle we are facing to make the Internet a safer place to be. At some point the average Joe will know not to click on the fake Citibank email and provide their account number to the cheat.
There is no turning back the clock. As long as there are people out there willing to deceive and the technology is out there to help them deceive, then it is up to the enthusiasts to provide the tools to educate people. Some day, the average Joe will know not to by a car based upon what someone says, or by some piece of paper. Unfortunately, as time passes, the pool of well documented cars will get diluted by the fakes (or the misrepresented). It is inevitable. Just as that average person will know not to click on that email, they will also know not to buy that car without the proper education.
Anyone want to buy a real Mickey Mantle signed baseball? I have a letter of authenticity.
Maybe guys like me won't help the bigger picture here. In my opinion, slapping "repro" on my replica Window Sticker is not what is best for me. I have no intention of selling the car (which I often refer to as the Family Jewel). Is this a naive or apathetic point of view? Does this attitude hinder the hobby? Please chime in and let me know. I submit this with the utmost respect for the CRG members as their knowledge and insight is exceptional. Except in this case ;-)