Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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UK ebayer seems to be drop-shipping suspect DT150 flash drives

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UK ebay seller alanrobin78 seems to be involved in dropshipping 64GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drives. It seems the dropshipper is in China so these are pretty certain to be counterfeit and fake capacity. Dropshipping is very dangerous when it comes to flash memory as the seller never claps eyes on the item.

This means they cannot check that items are genuine and are therefore very likely to find themselves selling counterfeit and fake capacity items. The serial numbers of genuine DT150 flash drives can be checked with Kingston to ensure they are genuine. This seller can’t check as the items seem to be in China.

We strongly advise people to avoid drop-shipping – it is far too risky! 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. Hi Traveler,

    You have made some very good points here. You are absolutely right to say that livelihoods have been lost by decent honest people due to the plague of fake flash memory items.

    You are also quite correct in saying that the knock on effect is greater than people realise.

    Unfortunately most computer users now know little about computer technology.

    I blame Mr Bill Gates for this. He made it easy for people who had no knowledge to do the equivelent of driving a huge truck without passing a driving test!!


    September 3, 2009 at 10:45 PM

  2. In that case, the name could apply to nearly every fake flash seller on ebay.

    The selling of fakes by these kind of sellers has literally taken away the livelihoods of others all over the world. It has not been possible for the honest sellers to compete in such a corrupt market. Many have been left with stock they have had to sell at a loss due to the low average false sale prices dictated by the counterfeits.
    Brand names have also had their reputations falsely tarnished. This results in a drop in sales for genuine goods which can in turn eventually lead to job losses.

    The knock on effect of fake sales is greater than buyers and sellers realise.


    September 3, 2009 at 10:13 PM

  3. Ooh no! It would not be right for the seller to change ID to dunrobin!!

    The name Dunrobin belongs with the “robber baron” duke of Sutherland who deprived many poor folk in Sutherland (North of Scotland) of their livelihoods around 100 years ago, resulting in an exodus to America, Canada and Ausralia.


    September 3, 2009 at 9:48 PM

  4. UK ebay seller alanrobin78 is no longer dropshipping these fake capacity counterfeits.
    An ebay member did get in contact with the seller to express concerns that the drives were likely to be fakes. No reply was ever received.

    Kingston kindly had a word in ebay’s ear and told them to remove them.

    Maybe the seller will change their ID to dunrobin now!


    September 3, 2009 at 9:21 PM

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