Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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32GB DT200 flash drives sold by butch2789 in one day ebay auctions

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Are the 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives sold in one day auctions by butch2789 genuine or are they fake capacity counterfeits? If they are genuine the seller seems to have made a loss on the two sold so far (ebay item numbers 160485124922 and 160485124184) and another auction (ebay item number 160485989268) ends this evening. The use of one day auctions is not a sensible way of selling new items if they are genuine.

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 27, 2010 at 10:45 AM

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  1. I suggest that if the eBay Trust team were to be advised about the “Russian Roulette” wording in the description for this seller’s latest offerings
    160529294641 & 160529433392 they would promptly remove the auctions.

    My gut feelings about this seller, despite what the feedback reports say, is that he has some dodgy stock, some worked, some probably were refunded or exchanged, the remainder (possibly known faulty) are now being offered with this highly illegal “get out clause” in place.


    January 9, 2011 at 9:59 AM

  2. This seller seems to have rather a lot of flowery feedback for the sales of 32GB flash drives, whether this means that somehow the items he has sold do register a REAL 32GB, or the buyers have never tested them correctly with h2testw. I get the impression that so many could NOT be wrong, but I keep an open mind and continue watching this one as the fetched prices are not that far from the current street value.


    January 9, 2011 at 7:50 AM

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