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What in the heck is a refurbished USB flash drive we wonder?

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Top rated ebay seller fashionuniononline advertises these flash drives on ebay as “refurbished” – we wonder what the heck a refurbished flash drive is!

We know what a refurbished computer is – it is one that has been used and has then had any faulty parts replaced and been returned to a fully functional state (though of course not brand new) – the seller says:

4GB SanDisk Micro USB Flash Drive (Refurb but new) with a 5 year Warranty

*Please be Aware these are Refurbished Pen Drive. The have the word ‘Refurb’ stamped on the Pen Drive to show they are refurb. The performance of the card is equal to a new one but they only come without packaging.

Something cannot be refurbished AND new – it is either a used refurbished item or it is a new item! You cannot “refurbish” a flash drive! You can manually delete any user files or reformat it to remove all previous data (in which case as far as this model is concerned the U3 will be lost) – you cannot “refurbish” it! This ebay seller’s sales pitch seems a bit dodgy to us. Maybe one of us will buy one and check it out.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

UPDATE 18/O2/2010
A member of the fightflashfraud team bought one of these from fashionuniononline and we are amazed to report that the buyer tells us it passed testing with h2testw. The item was indeed marked as refurbished – something we have never come across before with USB flash drives. We are flummoxed about what exactly is meant by refurbished in this context and we still have some doubts about these.

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Written by fightflashfraud

February 14, 2010 at 9:27 PM

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