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Archive for August 10th, 2010

zhanghefeng2010 selling so-called Sony Vaio flash drives on ebay

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This supposed 32GB Sony Vaio flash drive from zhanghefeng2010 is nothing to do with Sony – it is a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files – as are all so-called Sony Vaio flash drives. There are no Sony Vaio flash drives other than the ones manufactured by fraudsters in China.

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.

If 256GB DT310 from usedcarscheap are genuine this ebayer risks loss

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Seller usedcarscheap has listed a number of 256GB Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drives in ebay auctions. If they are genuine the seller could make a huge loss on sales by auctioning them like this. It is altogether more likely that this seller bought them from one of the fraudulent wholesale outlets in China. If a Kingston DT310 flash drive is genuine this can be confirmed by the buyer verifying the serial number with Kingston. If the serial number cannot be verified with Kingston then the flash drive is a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files.

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.

mr_buywise fake 64GB leather & steel Sony Vaio flash drive

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The picture in this ebay listing for a supposedly 64GB USB flash drive from mr_buywise has every possible indicator imaginable (bar one) that what we have here is a fake capacity flash drive that corrupts files. What makes us so certain that this is a fake? Here are some pointers:

  • There is no such thing as a Sony Vaio flash drive – they are all fakes from China.
  • All the leather and steel type flash drives tested by ourselves and others were fakes
  • Flash drives in this type of packaging (with or without Sony or Vaio names) were fake

So what is the one fake flash drive indicator we don’t see in this particular ebay listing?
The shiny capacity sticker that we see on many of them.

If you see a flash drive with any of these fake flash signatures be sure you are looking at a fake that will corrupt your files. 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.

16GB flash drive in ebay auction from hotstuffbikerbabe surely fake

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There are two clues that lead us to conclude that this 16GB USB flash drive listed at auction on ebay by hotstuffbikerbabe is a fake capacity flash drive that corrupts files:

  • It has a little shiny capacity sticker only found on fakes.
  • The packaging shown has always contained fakes.

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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August 10, 2010 at 6:23 PM

32GB Sony Vaio flash drives sold on ebay by dongxiaowu6210

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There is no such thing as a genuine Sony Vaio flash drive – they are purely an invention of fraudsters in China. The flash drives sold on ebay from dongxiaowu6210 are fake capacity counterfeits and anyone buying one will find it corrupts their files after a while. This seller has been suspended by ebay for selling fakes so if you bought from this seller the item will have vanished from your won list.

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.

64GB Sony Vaio listed by ebay fake flash seller rongsuni5710

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The USB flash drive pictured in this ebay listing from rongsuni5710 is a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files. There is no such thing as a genuine Sony Vaio flash drive – they were invented by fraudsters in China and anyone who buys one will find their files become lost and corrupted after a while.

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.

memory_gal lists massive 500GB fake USB flash drives on ebay

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There is not, and never will be, any such thing as a 500GB USB flash drive!! When someone comes up with a drive of higher capacity than 256GB it is likely to be 512GB not 500GB – 500GB is a hard drive capacity not a flash drive one!

The USB flash drives in this ebay listing from memory_gal are fake capacity, which corrupts files. This seller has obviously been shopping in fake flash land and bought these from one of the fraudulent wholesale outlets there.

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.

Bought a 256GB Kingston on ebay from river2009river? Check the serial number with Kingston.

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Seller river2009river has auctioned several 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives on ebay and they seem to have sold at rather low prices – the fact that the seller continued to list these at auction with a low start price makes us wonder if they may have come from a fraudulent supplier.

The buyer of the first one sold (shown in the listing above) left positive feedback – but we have a feeling that the buyer didn’t take the precaution of trying to verify the serial number with Kingston before leaving feedback. Anyone buying a high capacity Kingston flash drive is advised to check the serial number with Kingston – all should have individual serial numbers which can be used to verify that the drive is genuine.

If the flash drives sold by river2009river are genuine then Kingston will be able to verify serial numbers. If a buyer finds that there is no serial number, or that the serial number cannot be verified then the flash drive is a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files.

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.

weimeiqin6810 selling fake Sony Vaio flash drives on ebay

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This USB flash drive from ebay seller weimeiqin6810 is a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files, as all supposedly Sony Vaio flash drives are – Sony does not use the Vaio name for flash drives.

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.

confused ebay fake flash seller zhonghuayongsheng suspended

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The text of this ebay listing suggests that what was being sold by zhonghuayongsheng the 64GB Kingston DataTraveler but the picture is of a fake Sony Vaio flash drive. Whatever anyone who bought from confused fraudster zhonghuayongsheng ends up with (if they actually get anything) is certain to be a fake capacity flash drive that corrupts files. This seller has now been suspended by ebay.

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.

Notorious leather and steel flash drives sold on ebay by loveni1314pk

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The leather and steel type of flash drive in this ebay listing from loveni1314pk is notorious – always fake capacity and corrupts files. Never buy this model of flash drive as it always trashes files, usually when under 2GB of files have been saved. These flash drives are a favourite with fraudulent sellers as they are very attractive looking and the easiest model to program to any false capacity the seller feels like.

These fakes have been sold on ebay for years and thousands of ebayers who bought them ended up with lost and corrupted files. The fraudulent programming means that the advertised capacity will be reported by the operating system but in fact we have never come across one with a capacity above 4GB – and it is rare for the capacity to be this much.

UPDATE: this seller has been suspended by ebay.

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.

256GB Kingston from ebayer guliymn too cheap to be genuine

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The buy it now price in this ebay listing from guliymn is too low for these 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives to be genuine so this seller obviously bought from one of the fraudulent suppliers in China. Buyers will undoubtedly discover that (unlike genuine Kingston DT310 flash drives) the serial numbers of these cannot be verified by Kingston. If we are right (and we are sure we are) these are fake capacity counterfeits and a fake capacity flash drive corrupts files.

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 11/08/2012
We have just spotted the very obvious fake 256GB Kingston flash drive from guliymn in the ebay listing below – the model shown is not made in 256GB capacity so this listing confirms that the Kingston flash drives from this seller are fake capacity counterfeits that will corrupt files.

256GB DT310 flash drive from ebayer denim562 could be counterfeit

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We think this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive listing from denim562 could well be counterfeit. This seller previously auctioned several 65GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives which we think may also have been counterfeits – the highest price fetched for any of them was about half what they cost at newegg and most sold for a good deal less.

We can’t imagine that a seller would then auction as expensive a drive as the DT310 if it was genuine as there is a high risk of making a large loss on the sale. In the unlikely event that this flash drive is genuine the buyer will be able to confirm this by verifying the serial number with Kingston. If Kingston cannot verify this USB flash drive it will be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files.

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.