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Ebay member in Israel sells cheap flash drives from China

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Seller goodi2008 is selling flash drives purchase cheaply from a supplier in China. These will undoubtedly be fake capacity and we suspect the seller knows it. Here is what goodi2008 says in listings:

You are bidding on a BRAND NEW USB 2.0 flash memory drive.

This drive which is made out of hard plastic/rubber and is foldable into its metal clip as can be seen in the picture has been bought as a wholesale for little money in China. The items have not been and will not be tested. The information in the description below was given to me by the seller in China.

Storage Capacity: 16GB
USB version: 2.0
Data Retention: 10 Years
Data Encryption: 1,000,000 times

System Requirements:
Microsoft Windows ME, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, Mac OS 9.x or higher, Linux Kernel 2.4 or higher.

Color: Black (As can be seen on the top row in the picture)

The information to this item has been given truthfully to the best of my knowledge and belief. As already said, I have not tested the item. All information to this item was given to me by the seller himself and therefore I will not give any warranty, exchange or money back guarantee.

By bidding on this item, you fully understand the conditions.
Please bid only if you really agree with the conditions above. Thank you for your understanding.

Well that’s pretty clear then! If you are foolish enough to buy from goodi2008 you can kiss goodbye to your money. We are sure you will also be kissing goodbye to most files you save to one of this seller’s flash drives.

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.


Written by fightflashfraud

August 26, 2009 at 9:00 PM

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