Ostentatious displays of wealth

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by beanzontoast, 15 Oct 2007.

  1. Personalised number plates. Am I alone in feeling there's something amiss with the concept?

    Does society really need to indulge people who have so much spare money to spend by providing a facility which amounts to little more than an "in your face" way of showing off to others just how rich they are?

    Irksome. Unnecessary. Divisive.

    If they really can't think of anything better to do with the money, can I suggest they donate it to a charity instead?
  2. feckless

    feckless Über Member

    Not all that close
    I always thought "personalised" plates were just an ostentatious display of poor taste.

    Anyway, aren't all number plates personalised? Otherwise, what would be the point?

  3. PaleRider

    PaleRider New Member


    The plates never read properly anyway eg TW4T. I think it is also cheaper to change your name to your registration plate... then you would have a personalized name! How special :biggrin:
  4. John Ponting

    John Ponting Über Member

    Really little different to people to buy large houses, spend £5k on a bicycle, buy Rapha gear, dress up like a drugged pro cycle racer etc

    ... all because they can and it hurts nobody else - except maybe the aspirations of those who cannot.
  5. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

  6. John Ponting

    John Ponting Über Member

    btw I don't have a large house, expensive bike, expensive "sports" clothing OR personalised registration plate ... But I could.:biggrin:
  7. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Veteran

    Hardly the same John. Indulging your passion, is not comparable to a personal plate. I could afford one if I wished but think they display an insecurity in people and never really saw the point. My one's bigger than your one sort of thing. The really wealthy don't need to and probably don't have as many hang-ups.

    I would like a bigger house though. Who wouldn't?
  8. feckless

    feckless Über Member

    Not all that close
    So could I, but that doesn't stop me from thinking that they're tasteless beyond belief.

    Wouldn't want to stop anyone from displaying their tastelessness, mind you, as long as it makes them happy.

  9. Unkraut

    Unkraut Master of the Inane Comment

    I have a personalised number plate!

    The reason is that when you take delivery of the car here, they have a choice of number plates for the local area (Kreis), and in my case my initials happened to coincide with some of the available numbers, so it amused the garage to give one of these numbers. So I do occasionally see other cars with my initials on, but rarely enough to make it look as though I chose the number specially.
  10. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    ...there are a lot of cars in Schleswig Holstein with the the pre fix SE-X
  11. I like the ones that are obviously supposed to be personalised but don't really cut it, like "J100 HNY", which is obviously supposed to spell "Johnny" but doesn't. I saw a car a few weeks back covered in Wolverhampton Wanderers stickers and flags and his plate read "W100 VES". I mean, that doesn't say "Wolves", it says "Wiooves".:biggrin:
  12. ajevans

    ajevans New Member

    Yep, personalised plates are pretty naff. Whatever it says it always reads T0553R.

    As mentioned above the worse ones are the ones that try to say something and fail.
  13. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    better still, rude real ones like AR53OLE
  14. I was always under the impression that it was relatively cheap to get a personalised plate that roughly matches your name, but more expensive to get one that matches your car, especially if you've got a prestige car like a porsche, jaguar or something like that. So I automatically think 'cheap' when I see the name matching plates, not wealthy or ostentatious...
  15. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    They're pointless to me but if that's what floats your boat then go for it, pretty harmless really. It's no different to customising a bike.
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