I sent them a bunch of locks...the replacements were each the "closest" available match to the old locks. A couple of the locks I sent in were shaped like the lid of a "grand piano"...wide on one side, and narrow on the other. They don't make that model anymore, so I got just regular "large" U-locks for those. A friend of mine sent in a lock she bought in 1979...I thought she ought to keep it...a true "vintage" lock.
I have tried to keep up with the "BIC" story on "Google News", and elsewhere, including this forum. The "BIC" videos and related threads have been downloaded almost half a million times. And, to date, I have yet to see documented evidence that even ONE bike has ever been stolen using a BIC pen. What did Bill say about such things? "Much ado about nothing"?