Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

The authors of this blog want to elimnate flash fraud on Ebay

UK ebayer 4216chrisw dropshipping fake flash drives from Hong Kong

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It appears that UK ebay member 4216chrisw is dropshipping fake capacity USB flash drives from Hong Kong. Dropshipping arangements are dangerous for both the seller and the buyer where flash memory is concerned. Seller 4216chrisw will not have had an opportunity to check the flash drives sold on ebay to ensure they are genuine (we could almost write a gaurantee certificate saying these are fake!) and buyers will find their files are corrupted after a while – often too late to claim a refund.

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.

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  1. Hi Chris,
    What we said was not in any way a personal slur on you. We are not here to attack sellers, but to warn both buyers and sellers about the fake flash problem. Back in 1998 we used to contact all sellers we noticed with suspect flash drives to warn them that the drives they were selling were likely to be fake – but the problem is so widespread now that we simply don’t have the people to do this.

    Few people who use dropshipping have bought one for themselves. As you did buy one for yourself we strongly suggest you test it with h2testw. We have never come across a flash drive of this type with a genuine capacity above 8GB – and a capacity that high is extremely rare – they are usually 4GB or less.

    It costs more than your buy it now price just to manufacture a genuine 128GB flash drive – so we don’t see how the drives you are selling could possibly have a capacity of 128GB. Average users don’t run into trouble for months – this is why we recommend testing with h2testw – by far the quickest way to identify whether there is a problem with drive capacity.

    All of the people involved in this blog (and most others about fake flash memory) are ebayers who were victims of this fraud – whether as ebay sellers who found the flash drives they sold or (planned to sell) were fake or end users who bought fakes on ebay.


    April 25, 2010 at 7:50 PM

  2. I am eBay seller 4216chrisw and I feel it very unfair that it states that I could not have tested these out first.
    Approximately 3 weeks ago I purchased one of these from a supplier in Hong Kong for myself as they were selling in single units. Since then I have been using the flash drive with absolutely no problems at all.
    I have since been back to the same supplier who also sells in lots of 20 at discounted rates. I would not send these drives out without trying them first for myself as I too was very sceptical at the low price.


    April 25, 2010 at 7:17 PM

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