Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

256GB Kingston flash drives from ebayer office.x10 not working

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The 256GB Kingston flash drives being sold by ebayer office.x10 are listed as “For parts, not working” – the reason they are not working is because they are fake capacity counterfeits. There are no useful parts on a fake flash drive after which everything you save to them becomes corrupt.

It is possible to render them usable at the true capacity but this can be a complex and time consuming job and they will never be entirely reliable. Trying to make them safe to use is not worthwhile anyway as the actual capacity is so low (usually less than 4GB, whatever the seller says!) that they are a simple waste of cash in the first place; before you waste time on them!

If you see flash drives being sold as “For parts, not working” you would be well advised to steer well clear of them! In the case of brand name drives like this the seller could land themselves in trouble with the law for selling counterfeits – instead of selling them on it would be much more sensible for sellers to pursue the supplier they bought them from.

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  1. Amazing…. All the latest auction items just VANISHED
    Did someone eventually take notice of the reports, will we EVER know?


    January 28, 2011 at 11:57 PM

  2. Another batch of counterfeit JUNK being sold by this seller to even MORE stupid ebay bidders. This seller has been reported for running a Russian Roulette auction, in effect a raffle, definitely against the rules, they have also been reported many times for counterfeit goods, using the counterfeit items report, what have EBAY done ….. NOTHING… They still continue to profit from the misery of members, and allow (become complicit even in ) these illegal sales.


    January 28, 2011 at 11:44 AM

  3. With the foolish buyers that abound on eBay is it any wonder this rubbish gets sold?

    Here is the feedback left by one buyer for an obvious fake, at least he was honest, but WHY waste money on crap?

    “Though the item is crap, the seller gave all necessary information about it. Flash Drive (#290512011171) £21.00”


    January 23, 2011 at 5:32 PM

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