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Suspicious listing on ebay for a “used” Corsair flash drive

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daisyuuAn ebay member drew our attention to item number 260465609735 listed by seller daisyuu. This item is apparently a used 32GB Corsair Voyager flash drive. The seller says this in the listing:

USED GIG STICK, I HAVE BOUGHT A EXTRA MEMORY DRIVE FOR MY COMPUTER SO DO NOT NEED THIS, I HAVE HAD IT FOR 2 MONTHS,STILL AS NEW LIGHTLY USED ALL WORKS ETC,STORES AND READS 32gb,

Corsair 32GB Flash Voyager USB Pen Drive

We are inclined to agee that this looks a bit suspect. If you were selling such a high capacity flash drive (even if it was slightly used) wouldn’t you try to take a better picture than this?

Apparently this seller claims to be a university lecturer. Hmm – I would not want to be a student who had a lecturer who seems so ignorant!! I would be demanding return of my fees within a couple of weeks of starting my course.

The lecturers in the frankenflash project have never “picked up a few more from my students, lovely producct” as daisyuu claimed in an email. Students are usually stampeding to buy flash drives from lecturers, not handing them over because they don’t need them!! Guess what – we think this seller is a fraud!

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

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Written by fightflashfraud

August 25, 2009 at 9:09 AM

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  1. On the 10th of October buyer daniel040485 left negative feedback for this fraudster after being supplied with fake (the buyer’s words) Pioneer HDJ-1000 Pro Dj Headphones.

    Surprise, surprise! Feedback was changed, again, to positive.

    3 buyers of the same item, 3 revised feedbacks.

    9th October buyer daniel040485 revised 11th October
    15th September buyer mattyh008 revised 15th September
    31st August buyer q-kade revised 2nd September

    It appears that the seller is being caught out for supplying counterfeit goods and managing to persuade the buyers to change feedback after they complain.

    If the seller is making it a condition that buyers change feedback to get a refund, this is feedback extortion, as far as I am aware.

    As long as buyers keep doing this, the seller will maintain a 100% feedback record and be able to continue selling counterfeit goods without prospective buyers being aware.

    I hope those buyers who revised their feedbacks are proud of themselves.

    Ebay is better off without sellers and buyers like this.

    Traveler

    October 12, 2009 at 3:47 PM

  2. The buyer who left a negative feedback for daisyuu has revised their feedback to a positive.

    With buyers like this, no wonder these sellers get away with what they are doing. Obviously some buyers have their price.

    Traveler

    September 2, 2009 at 3:19 PM

  3. This seller has just received a well deserved negative feedback for a pair of counterfeit headphones.

    Checking back over this seller’s Corsair 32gb sales reveals that the seller has already sold 4 “used” Corsair 32gb drives (now advertising 5th!) and two new 32gb Corsair drives.

    Feedback has only come in for 2 used and one new 32gb Corsair drive.

    It is quite common for buyers who have found out they have been sold counterfeit goods before leaving feedback to choose not to leave any feedback after they have been refunded.

    Have a look at ebay seller allsorts20009 and see if you can see the similarities.

    If they were not already there, I would suggest both sellers should be sent to Coventry.

    Traveler

    September 1, 2009 at 12:58 AM

  4. It looks like daisyuu could be buying those lanyards recently purchased for a load of usb flash drives.

    Another seller who always advertises their non branded 32gb and 64gb usb flash drives with lanyards, and also happens to come from Coventry, goes by the ebay ID of allsorts20009.

    Is this just coincidence too?

    Traveler

    August 31, 2009 at 4:13 AM

  5. Hi Traveler,

    Buying flash drives for my students was what got me into all this in the first place!! Fortunately the first frankenflash project blog (sosfakeflash – launched a year ago – birthday greeings!) had just appeared and I happened across it before the fakes I had purchased arrived. Very fortunate for both myself and my students!!

    My students clamour to buy flash drives from me. I always test them with h2testw before selling them to students (to protect them from file loss) – they are amazed at how much cheaper they can get them from me than on the High Street.

    I am not making a profit when I sell flash drives, just protecting my students from losing their files – in fact if I think about the time I spend testing then I make huge losses. No student ever gave me a flash drive back for any reason!! Indeed, many asked me to get them for other family members.

    I could not make a profit selling flash memory on ebay without a vast invesment (both in time and money) that my teaching salary and work commitments would not allow. Not only do I think this seller’s flash drives are fake capacity – I don’t beleive this person is a lecturer at all!

    fightflashfraud

    August 30, 2009 at 8:20 PM

  6. If you look over the feedback left for this seller it becomes apparent the seller has been selling counterfeit goods. The first suspicious sale was the 64gb DT150 Kingston sold for £48.99. This is less than half price of a genuine drive and has been removed by request from Kingston as it has obviously been a counterfeit.

    One buyer clearly states the headphones they received were fake. Another buyer states a shaver was “faulty”. Most counterfeits do not match the quality of genuine goods. Another buyer states gloves sold privately were likely to be fake at price sold. (Private listing. A favourite amongst fraudsters.)

    Feedback on a G1 Google mobile phone stating that the seller was “Very honest and trustworthy ebayer. Thank you very much :)” is very similar to feedback I have seen left when a buyer has found their purchase to be counterfeit and been immediately refunded after contacting the seller. If I had just spent £200.00 and found I been sold a fake, I would be glad to get my money back too.

    The seller did buy an MP player from a known fake capacity seller called andy-wjm (use toolhaus.org to see neg feedback). Could this have been the same MP player sold on to another one of his buyers? The seller sold a brand new Corsair 32gb when first starting out, at the same time they sold a fake Kingston.

    The present “used” Corsair is apparently the seller’s own drive no longer required. Did they buy it from themself? Is it not rather strange that all the seller’s students should buy exactly the same make and capacity usb flash drive? Why such an expensive and large capacity drive?

    Why would they not need the drives after the course if they were so necessary during the course? Did they all fail? (Quite possible if they saved all their coursework to fake capacity drives!) Did the seller sell all these drives to the students in the first place? It would at least explain why he has been given so many of them back. This is about the fourth time the seller has advertised the exact same “used” Corsair 32gb drive. Funny enough, I do not see the positive feedback reflecting this.

    It is not unknown for fake sellers to only agree to refunding buyers if they first return the fakes. Once the fake is returned, it can be sold on again as “used”. If the same fake was to keep returning in this way, the cycle can continue until the drive is finally with a buyer who is not aware. It could all be coincidence, of course.

    Traveler

    August 30, 2009 at 6:01 PM


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