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Archive for February 8th, 2009

Suspect packaging alerts ebay buyers to fake flash on ebay

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Recently fightfakeflash noticed that ebayers have reported the re-appearance of flash drives in packaging used for fake flash drives some time ago. An example can be seen below: Read the rest of this entry »

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February 8, 2009 at 8:02 PM

Seller ko_091582 Sells fake 32GB Kingston USB flash drives

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Seller ko_091582 registered as an ebay member on 1 July 2008 but there was no activity on the account until near the end of January 2008. This seller, based in China, began by selling jewellery items but has now (having got 5 positive feedback comments) switched to selling flash drives. There are no current listings for jewellery items. This seller’s listings are very careless – items 280311404858 and 280311132264 are both titled
New Kingston 32GB stainless steel Memory Stick USB 2.0 but one shows what appears to be an 8GB Kingston DataTraveller in plastic and the other shows a metal drive bearing the name Sony. Kingston do not make a stainless steel 32GB flash drive – the only real 32GB Kingston drives can be seen here.

UK seller deemingac lists counterfeit/fake 32GB Kingston

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Seller deemingac may be innocent of fraud and may have listed this counterfeit Kingston without realising – this remains to be seen. The drive in question appears to be an 8GB model from a range that is only made up to 16BG capacity. The ebayer who drew this item to our attention has advised deemingac to look at the Kingston web site to see that the drive is not a 32GB drive.
UPDATE
The ebayer who warned deemingac that the drive was not a 32GB model has left a comment that indicates that this seller is an innocent victim who has now removed the listing, which indeed he did – and very quickly at that. We are always glad to hear that a seller has acted honourably. Honest victim sellers end their listings as soon as they find out their drives are fake and refund anyone who has bought. We applaud honest sellers like this.

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February 8, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Seller herergr8products4u lists fake 32GB Kingston

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UK based seller herergr8products4u is listing a 32GB Kingston Data traveller on buy it now with user IDs kept private – generally a sign that the seller is not innocent but knows they are selling a counterfeit item. The model of DataTraveller shown is not made in 32GB and the one pictured seems to be a 2GB model.
UPDATE 11/02/08:
Fightflashfraud has been informed today by the ebayer who reported this item to us that the seller has removed the fakes from sale. Can anyone who bought one please report in by leaving a comment that includes the item number and their Ebay ID. To protect buyer’s privacy this information will not be published – only buyer comments will be shown on the blog. We now think, as the listing was removed, that this seller may have made a big mistake rather than being a fraudster. As some drives were sold before the listing ended we need buyer feedback to show the seller is honourable to clear his or her name. Buyers please respond. The seller is also invited to comment. Where we have evidence showing that a seller is an honest victim of fraud by others we will always publish something to this effect.

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February 8, 2009 at 12:20 PM

UK seller skyhighhorizons lists fake/counterfeit 64GB Kingston

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Ebay seller skyhighhorizons, based in the UK, is listing fake 64GB Kingston flash drives without a picture. When an ebayer asked the seller to provide a picture the ebayer got the reply that the seller does not have a digcam. The ebayer then asked for a description. The description did not match Kingston’s ONLY 64GB drive but it does match the 2GB DataTraveller.
The seller’s description was: “it is white with a green cenre and has a cap.”
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Hmm – so that describes the only real 64GB Kingston, shown above, does it? Read the rest of this entry »

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February 8, 2009 at 10:49 AM