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Beware flash memory in private ebay auctions from cdss-shop-2

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Beware of flash memory items in private ebay auctions on ebay from cdss-shop-2. This ebay member has sold flash drives and memory cards at prices that mean cdss-shop-2 would have made quite a loss by now if items were genuine. We think they are fakes purchased from a fraudulent supplier.

Seller cdss-shop-2 seeks to prove this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 USB flash drive is genuine with the screenshot of h2testw shown on the left.

No screenshot, photograph, bit of film, sound recording or any other such thing can ever actually prove anything conclusively on its own.

Anyone who has studied IT, Art, Media and Communications or any related field in depth knows this only too well!

Something about this screenshot does not ring quite true to us!

For those who are very familiar with h2testw (and those with techical know-how) we present below a comparison between the screenshot provided by the seller and one we took of results for a 4GB flash drive:


Does anyone else see the discrepancies we see? Answers on a postcard please! – oh all right, leave a comment if you like!

Buyers can check whether or not a Kingston flash drive is genuine quite easily – here are the steps:

  1. Look at the back of the pack – is there a serial number?
  2. If there is no serial number (there should be a label showing this) then it is sure to be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files – but the presence of a serial number does not, in itself, gaurantee it is genuine.

  3. Look at the USB connector – is there engraving on it giving details about the flash drive?
  4. If there is no engraving you can be sure it is a counterfeit that will trash your files – but again, the presence of engraving does not in itself gaurantee it is genuine.

  5. If both a serial number and engraving are present try verifying the serial number with Kingston.
  6. If Kingston cannot verify the serial number then you have a fake capacity counterfeit and your data will become lost or 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.

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