Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

fake flash drives & memory cards from chenguoping2012 on ebay

The 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 USB flash drives in this ebay listing from chenguoping2012 are certain to be fake capacity counterfeits and anyone who buys one will find it corrupts their files. The same applies to the other Kingston flash drives from this seller and also to the 32GB Sandisk Compact Flash cards, 32GB Sandisk SDHC cards and 32GB Micro SDHC cards from this seller. It is likely that the 16GB Sony Pro Duo memory cards and 16GB Sandisk Micro SD cards will also be fake.

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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  1. Hi Iggy,
    We thought not too!


    January 6, 2011 at 7:07 PM

  2. All of these fake – items have been pulled from ebay.
    Ridiculously underpriced items in retail package. I think not!


    January 6, 2011 at 6:12 PM

  3. Hi SDHC
    Nobody here bought anything from chenguoping2012. The team here are aware of the real cost of flash memory and know that the flash memory chips (without any other components or labour costs) needed to produce a 256GB USB flash drive cost more than the buy it now price in the listing we captured for the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive.

    In the light of the fact that it would not be possible to manufacture anything above 32GB (and then it would be a lower grade generic item rather than a brand name) for less than $23 the wording “certain to be fake” hardly seems like a strong assertion!

    By purchasing the item you have entered into a binding legal contract so unless the seller chooses to refund you and cancel the transaction your only option is to wait until the item arrives and check whether or not it is genuinely the capacity claimed. If it is not you will then need to make a claim against the seller. All the information you should need can be found on this blog.


    January 3, 2011 at 3:05 PM

  4. I just paid for one of items from the seller (ebay id: chenguoping2012). Do you have any suggestion as to getting refund?

    Besides, if you bought the item, why didn’t you leave negative feedback? I am guessing you deduced that the flash drives are fake from the low price, but isn’t “certain to be fake” a little strong assertion?


    January 3, 2011 at 2:41 PM

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