Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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UK ebay member with probable counterfeit 64GB DT150 drives

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We think these flash drives from germaninga are counterfeit.

The buy it now price of the 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 USB flash drives on ebay UK is too low for these to be genuine – no ebay seller could make a profit at this price. This leads us to the inevitable conclusion that germaninga bought these from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers who supply counterfeits.

The seller may have no idea these are likely to be counterfeit. A lot of ebayers have little idea of the true cost of flash memory and imagine that the profit margins are similar to other types of goods. This is not the case – profit margins on USB flash drives and other flash memory items tends to be quite narrow.

We suggest that germaninga checks the serial numbers of these with Kingston (each drive should have an individual serial number) – in the unlikely event of these being genuine they will be able to verify this. We think they will say they cannot verify these.

The seller should remove these from sale and refund any buyers if Kingston cannot verify them. If these are (as we suspect) counterfeits they will eventually corrupt users’ data. If they were purchased with a credit card then germaninga can probably get a refund through the credit card company.

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. This seller was contacted regarding authenticity by a concerned ebay member. Comprehensive checks were advised to save problems for both seller and buyers.

    This was the response:

    “Hi,my sypplier promice – Subject: 2009 New genuine – Kingston 64GB Pen Drive-USB DT150 Flash Stick64GB.I can’t test item my self before I will get it,and it have to arive at 3-6/11/2009.Pleese contact my after,and I will answer any guestions.”

    This is not much use to customers who have already used the “Buy it now” option.

    In the seller’s own words, the drives are not even here yet, never mind checked.

    It is not known whether the seller is using drop shipping or handling the drives personally before posting out to buyers.

    It is highly unlikely these drives are genuine at the price offered.

    If you have bought one of these drives and are waiting for delivery, it would be a good idea to contact the seller for an update on their intentions.


    November 1, 2009 at 6:54 PM

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