Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Did you buy a Sandisk micro SD card from fashionuniononline?

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An ebay member has reported that this 2GB SanDisk micro SD memory card from ebay seller fashionuniononline failed testing with h2testw. It seems to be defective rather than fake capacity, but as 500 of these have been sold from the listing shown above (item number 370185149553) it is likely that there are other ebayers who got defective cards.

There is one thing we find rather odd – the buyer who reported in tells us that although the location given for the seller is given as Leeds, United Kingdom the return address shown on the envelope is a Post Office Box in Ipswitch. In feedback some buyers said fashionuniononline is not a UK seller and the fact that the seller’s name seems to be Feng Ping tends to support this suggestion. It seems that quite a few people have had problems with memory cards from this seller.

We strongly advise anyone who bought flash memory items from fashionuniononline to test them immediately with the free program h2testw as defective flash memory can cause data loss.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

April 12, 2010 at 12:40 PM

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  1. The response from ebay is plain stupid. A 2gb sd card is a standard sd card and can be read by sdhc as well as sd devices as sdhc is backward compatible. The memory test is device neutral so it does not matter how it is tested, unless the card reader is faulty. If this is the case your other cards will not work.

    You only need to look at the responses from the seller and the time it has taken to deliver the memory cards that the seller is selling on the memory cards at least from either CHina or Hong Kong and the items are not UK stock items.


    June 4, 2010 at 1:20 PM

  2. Hi Netta,

    Looks like fashionuniononline has made the assumption that you don’t know much about flash memory – your commuinication with us indicates you do have some idea about it. We think this sort of response is entirely unsatisfactory. Genuine sellers who find that an item they sold may have been defective usually offer a refund or replacement straight away without this sort of thing. We mostly see this sort of response from those who know they are selling dodgy items! It seems that ebay seller fashionuniononline may be one to avoid.


    April 12, 2010 at 8:05 PM

  3. Hi,

    I sent an ebay message to fashionuniononline about the fact that this card failed testing with h2testw and got the following reply this morning:

    Could you please make sure the 2 conditions below before return the item:

    First, Micro sd card can be used in your device. Not all the equipments that use SD cards can use SDHC cards.

    Second, your device recognizes the capacity of 2 GB.

    If it doesnot accord with one of the 2 conditions, it means the card probably doesnot fit to your device.

    By the way, please make sure that the adapter works fine, sometimes it’s the adapter doesnot work properly.

    Please kindly check. We await for your reply.

    Any further questions, please feel free to let us know.

    I replied but have not yet heard from the seller. I think those that said that ebay seller fashionuniononline is not really based in the UK may well be right.

    Will see what happens over the next few days – if I don’t get a satisfactory response from the seller I think I might just leave a neg anyway.


    April 12, 2010 at 7:38 PM

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