Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

4GB HP flash drives from ebay seller sam992000: genuine or fake?

We find it rather curious that the ebay listings for 4GB flash drives from seller sam992000 (item numbers 260717730863, 260717730966, 260717731150 and 260717731271) all have the same start price for an auction as the buy it now price. Very strange – though we have seen this curious way of listing from a number of sellers. Are sam992000 and others who do this hoping some over-excited buyer will offer more??

The really big question is are these USB flash drives genuine or fake?

If they are fake capacity counterfeits then anyone buying one of these USB flash drives will find it corrupts their files. Given the brand involved they seem a little on the cheap side – though (recently) flash memory prices seem to be dropping instead of rising as they were until about six months ago, so we can’t be sure.

If you bought one of these USB flash drives how can you tell whether you got a genuine item or a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files? With the marvellous little free program h2testw of course!

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.

Advertisements

2 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. You are right Robert

    Telling the fake from the genuine can be extremely difficult – bit of a nightmare sometimes! The things we generally rely on in sorting fake from real are as follows:
    1) Manufacturer’s site if it is a brand name product – does the model exist at the capacity advertised?
    2) If it does exist is the price reasonably in line with manufacturing, distribution and retailing costs?
    3) What feedback has the seller had so far – and don’t just look at negs, positives can be revealing too!

    If all that seems to check out and you decide to buy check serial no etc if it’s Kingston and whatever you buy (even from High Street retailers!) test it with h2testw!

    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.

    fightflashfraud

    January 9, 2011 at 5:36 PM

  2. Here is a link to a well known uk high street stationery retailer site selling a range of HP flash drives url:http://www.whsmith.co.uk/CatalogAndSearch/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=34250358#. Not easy to tell fakes from real when comparing this to ebay’s items.

    Robert Hopkins

    January 9, 2011 at 4:59 PM


Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: