Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

64GB flash drives sold on ebay by rawinna8trd may be fakes

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If the 64GB Corsair flash drive sold in this ebay listing from rawinna8trd is genuine then this seller made a loss by auctioning it. This seller also listed a 64GB Kingston DataTraveler and a 64GB Patriot Xporter Magnum. This seems rather odd to us.

Maybe they are genuine and this ebayer (who seems to be new to selling) is auctioning a few drives at a loss in order to get positive feedback about them being genuine. The seller says in listings:

New condition (No copy). I will give you 1 months to use item and if it is defected within 1 month, I will refund (you return me the item).

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. Update:

    He canceled it, but took him about 2 days I believe.

    Now he is “no longer registered on ebay” excellent.

    Thanks for your website, it helped me alot.


    July 25, 2010 at 11:54 PM

  2. Thanks for your post, I’m still waiting for his response, because he somehow answered my first pm ( where I asked why Paypal didn’t work, I’m glad it didn’t ) and didn’t answer my second message. It most likely is fake I bet, I hope he cancels it. Will wait for what he says, thanks for your response again :).


    July 20, 2010 at 12:04 AM

  3. Hi Artur,
    You probably did the right thing by asking the seller to cancel the transaction as we are now fairly certain that the flash drives sold by rawinna8trd will turn out to be fake capacity counterfeits which corrupt files. The usual reason for flash memory items (USB flash drives, memory cards, MP players etc) being cheap on ebay is that they are mostly fakes manufactured by fraudsters in China.

    Unfortunately ebayers the world over are now buying from fraudulent wholesale outlets in China – often thinking that they are getting genuine items at a knockdown price because labour in China is cheap. Labour may be cheap in China, but flash memory chips are not!

    You may be able to buy cheap shoes, cheap clothes, cheap computer cables and all sorts of other stuff (especially items where labour is a significant part of the cost) from China – but this does not apply to flash memory where the the flash memory chips normally represent over 50% of the manufacturing cost and the labour costs are relatively insignificant.


    July 18, 2010 at 5:50 PM

  4. Hello, I have found out about your excellent website and will link to it in many forums that I’m on.

    The Mangum you have mentioned, I have purchased roughly an hour or two ago. I have not sent payment yet, what can I do? I have sent him a request to cancel it, should I not have?

    Oh and the way I tried to find out is that, why is it so cheap? They have several items they bought that are really cheap, and mainly it’s in Thailand.

    Thank you.


    July 18, 2010 at 5:12 PM

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