Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Beware! flash drives listed on ebay by polar_story sure to be fake!

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Seller polar_story looks like another ebay fake flash fraudster to us. Here are a few pointers about what to avoid when buying flash memory items on ebay. Bear in mind that you can still get stung even if none of these points apply to the seller you are considering buying from as there is no gaurantee that a seller is genuine – so we’d suggest buying from a reputable store like PC world instead. It may cost you more, but at least you can easily return an item you have problems with.

Anyhow; here is some basic advice, with comments on how it applies to this selller:

  1. Avoid sellers in the far east (China, Hong Kong, Singapore etc) – this seller is in Hong Kong.
  2. Avoid auctions with a low start price – this seller has a start price of 1p in auctions.
  3. Avoid sellers who massively load postage costs – this seller charges £10.49 for postage.
  4. Avoid sellers who have built up feedback with cheap items like screen protectors and styluses – this seller’s early feedback (first 18) is all for styluses sold for 6p or less with free p&p – an obvious ploy.

There is a lot more we could say; but for now we can say that it is 99.99% certain that any flash drive purchased from polar_story is fake capacity and corrupts files. The one in this listing is also a counterfeit Kingston and therefore highly illegal!

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 28/07/2010:
Sneaky fraudster polar_story has been extremely busy selling styluses at auction with a start price of 1p and free postage – sample sold item below:

As far as we can see most went for 1p and none for more than 6p – now why would someone sell something that was bound to make them a loss on every sale because of postage costs?? Oh yes, silly us, we quite forgot – it’s part of a highly organised fraud operation in which hundreds of posititve feedbacks for cheap crap makes fraudsters into top rated ebay sellers!!

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