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Seller on ebay Australia lists faulty (fake?) Kingston flash drives

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We think these 64GB Kingston flash drives listed on ebay by yshopretail (a member registered in Australia) simply have to be both counterfeit and fake capacity. It would seem from reading the listing that the seller knows there is something wrong with these as it says in the listing:

PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU BUY THIS ITEM YOU ARE AGREEING THAT NO REFUND/EXCHANGE WILL BE GIVEN. YOU BUYING THIS PRODUCT AWARE THAT THERE IS A CHANCE IT MAY BE FAULTY AS IVE HAD APPROX 30-40% RETURN RATE.

The seller is evading responsibility here – what this means is probably just that 60-70% of buyers have not noticed there is something wrong yet – we think all will eventualy lose their files! This is just not good enough. Do not buy these drives!! We suspect the ones from this seller at higher prices are fake too.This seller has also listed suspiciously cheap Sandisk flash drives.

You should test any drives purchased from this seller with h2testw immediately as you are at grave risk of losing files if they are (as we are fairly sure) both counterfeit and fake capacity.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

UPDATE 27/05/08
We received the following communication from the seller yesterday:

hi,

im yshopretail

These flash drives are not fake. how the hell are they going to be fake when i by my products from brightpoint australia who supply dicksmith electronics, strathfield car radios, jaycar and pretty much every one else in australia that owns a retail business. We pay cost approx $110 when we order over 1000 at a time (we split it with other retailers) anyways i can guarantee they are not fake so please do reuin my reputation by saying they are fake. i am selling these items cheap becuase of a bad batch and brightpoint will not offer warranty becuase of the purchase order which is over 30 days old. i’d rather sell them and make something than nothing.

awaiting for your reply

thanks
salma

We suspected that the seller was not telling the truth so we checked it out with Brightpoint – here is the response we got from Brightpoint:

Thank you for your e-mail.
Please be advised that we are not allowed to give any sort of information about the account that we hold. However we do not stock Kingston Data Traveler 64GB Flash drives at all.

Regards,
Meenu Sidhu
Customer Service Representative | Brightpoint Australia

That’s pretty straightforward then, the flash drives didn’t come from Brightpoint. Not only that, we suspect that yshopretail and fufu$$ are one and the same. Neither ID is currently offering anything for sale and feedback for both has been made private. Hiding feedback is hardly the action of an innocent person.

UPDATE 13/07/09
Having got away with this with not a single negative the seller has now listed a job lot of 20 Kingston at auction. We know the seller is less than truthful as you can see above and we are convinced these are counterfeit. A simple check of the serial numbers with Kingston will show whether we are right or not.

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May 25, 2009 at 4:50 PM

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