Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

The authors of this blog want to elimnate flash fraud on Ebay

Seems this UK seller has been shopping in fake flash land

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We suspect that hotbuys84 (like many ebay members) bought these 64GB DataTraveler 150 flash drives from a fraudulent wholesaler. We think they will prove to be counterfeit and suggest buyers check the serial numbers with Kingston.

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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  1. You are quite right Traveler – it is not safe to buy flash memory on ebay even when the seller is charging the prices we would expect to see genuine items at.

    Sellers of genuine flash memory are very few and far between. Sadly most genuine suppliers have given up as it was so difficult to make any money. Sadly most ebayers are unaware of the true cost of flash memory.

    Ebayers think that they can pick up flash drives at bargain prices and end up buying fakes. Most people do not need flash drives of capacities over 1-2GB so they don’t discover there is anything wrong for months.

    Genuine sellers just can’t compete – this is why (despite our efforst to track down genuine suppliers) the safe sellers list on sosfakeflas has failed to grow.


    August 29, 2009 at 3:12 PM

  2. These are very much like nearly every other 64gb DT150 listed on ebay ay the moment. The price these drives are being offered at is way below the value of a genuine 64gb DT150 per drive.

    If you enter 64gb in the search box on ebay and look at the first 50 64gb drives listed, whether Kingston or not, I would be very doubtful if more than half a dozen of all the drives advertised were either genuine or real capacity. The problem has become that serious.

    I would strongly advise looking elsewhere for usb flash drives, mp3 or mp4 players and memory cards. Stick with reputable online sellers. They may be more expensive, but that is because they are genuine.

    Ebay has become a hotbed of fraud. Many of the sellers are supplying directly or have been buying counterfeits from the orient.Some are buying from ebay under one ID and reselling under another.

    Don’t less price fool you either. I had one seller’s drives forcibly removed who was selling for £129.99 per drive.


    August 29, 2009 at 2:58 PM

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