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Archive for August 22nd, 2010

Bought a flash drive from danielleon25? It’s sure to be fake.

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Seller danielleon25 managed to sell several 32GB and 64GB Kingston USB flash drives at auction on ebay recently with out any picture whatsoever. We suspected that these were fake capacity counterfeits but it was difficult to be absolutely sure without a picture. However, a little digging revealed this obvious fake 128GB Kingston flash drive sold earlier in the month:

This discontinued model of flash drive was not made in 128GB capacity. What was sold in this ebay listing by danielleon25 was a fake capacity counterfeit. We conclude that the Kingston flash drives sold more recently in listings without any picture were also 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.

counterfeit 64GB DT200 flash drives from ebayer pc-user01

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The 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives listed on ebay by pc-user01 are too cheap to be genuine. This seller obviously bought from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers selling fake capacity and counterfeit USB flash drives. Anyone buying one of these will find it corrupts files 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.

robtag1013 lists notorious fake 128GB leather flash drives on ebay

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The capacity of the USB flash drives listed on ebay by robtag1013 will be nowhere near the advertised 128GB – this leather and steel type of flash drive is always fake capacity and corrupts files. This seller obviously bought from a fraudulent supplier.

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.

128GB DT200 flash drives from ebayer patrick_anderson too cheap

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The 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives listed on ebay by patrick_anderson are too cheap to be genuine so this ebay seller obviously bought fake capacity counterfeits from a fraudulent wholesale outlet. A fake capacity flash drive always corrupts files 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.

128GB Kingston DT200 sold on ebay by jolcia88869 sure to be fake

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This 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drive sold yesterday for £46 and another for £51. We notice that jolcia88869 has another five of these listed at auction. If these are genuine then jolcia88869 has already made a big loss – will the seller pull the auctions to avoid making further losses?

Probably not as it is very likely that the seller bought these at a low price from a fraudulent supplier and (though little if any profit has probably been made so far) the seller probably hasn’t actually made a loss. If we are right the USB flash drives are fake capacity counterfeits which will corrupt files. In the unlikely event that they are genuine the buyers will be able to confirm this by verifying the serial number of their flash drive with Kingston.

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.

counterfeit 64GB Kingston flash drives from sing01112 on ebay

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The 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives in this ebay listing from sing01112 are too cheap to be anything other than fake capacity counterfeits. Anyone who buys one of these will find it corrrupts files 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.

256GB Kingston DT310 flash drives from ebayer paradise_island2009

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The 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives in this ebay listing from paradise_island2009 are a bit too cheap so we suspect this seller bought them from one of the fraudulent wholesale outlets supplying fake capacity counterfeits.

If we are right then anyone who buys one of these will find it corrupts their files after a while. If we are mistaken and they are genuine then buyers will be able to confirm this by verifying the serial number with Kingston.

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.

Is jakesbargins selling genuine Kingston flash drives on ebay?

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Seller jakesbargins says in this ebay auction for a 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 101 flash drive:

KINGSTON DATA TRAVELER DT102 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive *** New, Unopened, in Retail Package ***

Authentic OEM Genuine Kingston Flash Drive! With the Serial & Model numbers stamped on the hub. These are NOT the Fake USB flash drives that are produced in China! How can you tell if it’s a Fake before you buy it?

The easiest way to find out is to ask the seller if has the Serial & Model numbers stamped in the metal hub. If it does not, It’s a FAKE! If you do not get a reply, DON’T buy it! All OEM Kingston flash drives have the serial & model number stamped in the metal hub.

Other than the slightly innapropriate use of the term “OEM” with reference to USB flash drives we wouldn’t disagree with what jakesbargins says about spotting fake Kingston flash drives before you buy. This ebay seller correctly identifies China as the source of fake flash drives and quite rightly identifies the lack of engraving on the USB connector as a sure sign of a fake Kingston flash drive.

However, the fraudsters in China are becoming ever more aware of the visual clues that give fakes away. In recent months there have been reports of counterfeit Kingston flash drives having engraving on the connector and serial numbers. We advise anyone buying a Kingston flash drive to try verifying the serial number with Kingston – if the serial number cannot be verified then you have a fake capacity counterfeit.

Given this seller’s knowledge of the fake flash problem either the flash drive in this ebay auction is a genuine Kingston (in which case someone may get a bargain – see here for Kingston’s price for these) or jakesbargins is knowingly selling fakes and relying on ebayers not to either try verifying the serial number with Kingston or testing with h2testw.

It would be nice to find that this seller’s Kingston flash drives are genuine, we are sick of seeing fakes on ebay and despair about how few genuine sellers there seem to be. However, it looks rather as though the seller is making a bit of a loss overall if they are genuine by listing things at auction.

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 22, 2010 at 10:20 AM

128GB DT200 sold on ebay by monia1028 certain to be counterfeit

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The 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drive costs $531.00 if you buy it direct from Kingston and we don’t see how anyone could possibly afford to let these go at auction on ebay for an eighth of Kingston’s price if it was genuine.

The feedback profile of seller monia1028 shows that this ebayer has purchased USB flash drives from several sellers who were suspended by ebay for selling fakes and left positive feedback, so this ebayer does not seem to be very discerning about purchases.

If a 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 is genuine then the buyer can confirm this by verifying the serial number with Kingston – but we are certain that flash drives from this seller will not be verified by Kingston. If Kingston cannot verify the serial number the USB 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.

UPDATE
Seller monia1028 has now listed obvious fake 128GB leather and steel flash drives – see picture of listing below. These flash drives are notorious for corrupting files; they are always fake capacity never buy this model of flash drive, or any other flash drive that comes in this packaging:

32GB Sandisk Ultra Backup flash drive from ebayer redbill40 a bargain?

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Seller redbill40 tells us in this listing that this 32GB Sandisk Ultra Backup flash drive is:

Unused & unopened competition prize

If what the seller says is true then someone may get a bargain, if this is not true they are likely to get a counterfeit USB flash drive 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.

ebayer mister-noodles takes big risk if 64GB Sandisk flash drives are genuine

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Seller mister-noodles tells us in this ebay listing that:

These normally retail for $277.99 on SanDisk’s website

This makes us wonder why (if the flash drives are genuine) mister-noodles has at least five auctions for these rather than listing them in a single buy it now listing at a reasonable price. Is mister-noodles a gambler? After all, by selling at auction there is a risk of loss. We saw a question and answer on this listing:

Q: hello, i would like to bid on this product but i want to be sure this is authentic since there are a lot of fake ones selling in ebay. thanks
A: Hi there, all of the flash drives I’m selling including this one are 100% authentic and were purchased from a retail box store for a small business that never got off the ground. Hope this helps! 🙂

Hmm… time will tell.

Of course, it is alway possible that the business that didn’t get off the ground failed because they didn’t check that things were genuine. Maybe mister-noodles should have taken the precaution of testing some of the flash drives being sold with h2testw to ensure that they are not fake capacity counterfeits before listing them on 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.

price for 64GB DT150 drives from ebayer printerman999 too low

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The buy it now price in this ebay listing for 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 USB flash drives is too low for them to be genuine. We think that ebay seller printerman999 made the mistake of buying these from one of the many fraudulent wholesale outlets selling fake capacity counterfeits. A fake capacity USB flash drive corrupts files 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.