Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

foolish ebayers snap up fake Kingston flash drives from ultimatetoys

We didn’t bother publishing anything about the fake 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives listed on ebay by ultimatetoys because we hoped (obviously in vain) that ebayers would have the sense by now not to buy counterfeits when the seller plainly states they are not genuine.

As you can see 15 buyers were foolish enough to part with their cash for one of these. A very silly move as counterfeits never have anywhere near the advertised capacity and once the true capacity has been filled files inevitably become lost and corrupted because there is nowhere left for them to go.

The seller still has an ebay listing for these (item number 110633398647) – how many more silly people will have bought one by the time this listing ends. The buyers who have left feedback so far obviously haven’t realised what they have done – it will probably be months before they do find their valued files vanishing as few people have a real need for flash drives above about 4GB.

All you are doing when you buy non-original Kingston or other brand name memory items is throwing your money down the toilet and helping the foolish seller who fell for the idea of making big profits out of cheap stuff from China. Anyone with half an ounce of sense would buy a genuine 16gb flash drive from a reputable supplier in preference to a fake 64GB drive – cheaper and more reliable!

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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