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UK seller does not take the hint that these are counterfeit

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UK seller goldengoose0798 does not seem to have taken in the message sent about the 64GB DataTraveler drives he or she sold on ebay being counterfeit. Does goldengoose0798 think ebay removed the ones previously sold for fun? The last thing ebay wants to do is remove items from sale. They were removed because they were counterfeit.

Did goldengoose0798 take the hint and stop selling these? No. This flash drive was sold by goldengoose0798 for the princly sum of £31 with P&P charges of £3.50. This is (we understand) less than you could get genuine ones for as an authorised reseller – so any DT150 at this sort of price just has to be counterfeit.

We expect this goose will be cooked by ebay! Buyers – if you purchased a 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 from goldengoose0798 check the serial number with Kingston. If these were genuine then Kingston could verify the serial numbers – we know what Kingston will tell you.

Claim a refund for your fake through the Paypal dispute console – as ebay apparently knows these are counterfeit you should get a refund relatively easily. If Paypal is un-cooperative, get on to ebay customer services; they should put paypal right.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 12, 2009 at 9:33 PM

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  1. I don’t know if its my keyboard, my eyes or the brain miss-functioning, but the good news should have said “refund being given to the buyer” I hope I got it right this time!

    Yes one remaining item still shows, agreed, it is on watch.


    September 15, 2009 at 7:55 AM

  2. Seems that only one listing remains – no 120469302048


    September 15, 2009 at 6:16 AM

  3. ************* GOOD NEWS **************

    The above case goldengoose0798 Vs buyer_No1 has been resolved with a FULL refund being give the the buyer.

    The item concerned has been removed from eBay listings.


    September 15, 2009 at 5:41 AM

  4. Hi Jim,

    this suggests that very low grade chips were used in your counterfeit. They seem to vary a bit. The slower the file transfer, the worse the chips are.


    September 14, 2009 at 10:11 AM

  5. Hi there
    I have been fool enough to purchase one of these drives & have today contacted the seller.

    Having initially copied some files to the drive I decided to format the drive (64GB) instead of deleting them as this would be quicker . It was not possible to format it to NTFS instead I had to use “exFAT”. I had tried quick NTFS format which failed. Then an ordinary NTFS format which ran slowly & failed sometime overnight. Thinking this was strange I them tried to run a test using h2testw which ran very slowly @ 2MBs. I wasn’t aware how slow the initial file transfer was.
    Kingston Technology have now advise me that it is a fake.
    In view of this I have requested a full & complete refund.
    I would be interested in others comments.


    September 14, 2009 at 9:46 AM

  6. This seller was contacted by a concerned ebay member about the possibility of these drives being counterfeit and how to go about checking everything out including how to test. This was the seller’s answer:

    “I can’t say as it’s sealed but I will try and find out. I know that in properties its nearly 64GB as some is used for other stuff… let me investigate.”

    The seller simply carried on with the listing until the auction ended. Not the actions of an honest seller.

    If the drive was sealed, how did the seller know the capacity in properties?

    I would say the seller knew fine well they were selling counterfeits from the outset and were not going to be stopped carrying on with this fraud.


    September 13, 2009 at 1:23 AM

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