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CTA Replica #3200's Bank

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Came across this bank at Target downtown on State/Madison, so I took some pics. I'll mention it in case you guys are interested. It's billed as a Chicago car not a CTA, but it looks like a #3200. It's located on the first floor right outside the escalator facing north. (or in the path to the State street south entrance) It was selling for $19.99. They had plenty at least 20 or 25. I took my pics on the 20th though. Both ends have the lights though like a #5-50, so it's like a single car. They have other Chicago tourist keepsakes there but this was the only CTA object.

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So i wonder can they legally sell this even though it's not billed as a CTA car? (but it looks like one) Maybe it is being licensed through the city if that's possible. BTW, I looked I can't seem to find this online, maybe if I knew the manufacturer, which I didn't look for at the time.

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13 hours ago, BusHunter said:

So i wonder can they legally sell this even though it's not billed as a CTA car? (but it looks like one) Maybe it is being licensed through the city if that's possible.

That's a good question. It seems like it is like other things* that aren't licensed and use generic equivalents.** Note that there isn't a CTA logo, and the blue ball doesn't have a red C, either. However, since ctagifts sells something equivalent, it could sue for unfair competition, if it were worth it to sue for maybe $100 in damages.

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*One can think of things like the "Big Game" the first weekend in February, or the most obnoxious ad I heard by some casino about "the leadoff man for the north side 9 hitting a home run," even though we know Rizzo gets paid to sell Italian Beef.

**Only thing that seems distinctive is the Chicago flag, which I doubt is under copyright.

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