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Suspect 64GB Kingston DT150 flash drive on ebay Belgium

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The prices that these 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives have been selling at would mean that hardtronikshop would have made quite a loss selling these at auction if they are geniune. We think that nobody could afford to keep on making a loss like this and would switch to buy it now when they found that costs were not being met. We suspect that they are actually counterfeits bought from a fraudulent wholesaler so the seller is not actually making a loss. All genuine flash drives of this type have a unique serial number which you can use to check with Kingston that the drive is not counterfeit. We strongly suggest that all buyers do this.

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July 18, 2009 at 11:41 PM

Yet another ebay seller lists 64GB DataTraveler at unrealistic price

UK seller spicybargains has listed a batch of 64GB Datatraveler 150 flash drives at the unrealistically low price of £64.99 with free P&P. No one could make a profit on genuine drives of this type at this price, therefore these have to be counterfeits sold by fraudulent wholesalers. This seller is not alone:

Seller clickon786 has listed these at £49.99 with free P&P, ronaldkibuuka at £50 plus £1.50 P&P, thecskate at £50 plus £2 P&P and all-things-reeds at £50 plus a whopping £15 P&P

Please ebay sellers – do your homework!

You cannot buy genuine 64GB DataTraveler drives at a price low enough to sell them on ebay much below £100. If you buy at a low price you are buying counterfeits which will cause file loss and data corruption fro your customers.

Do you want to be responsible for a designer’s business going under because they saved their designs to the flash drive you supplied? Or a student failing their course because their final submission was saved on a flash drive from you? Or someone losing all their family photos? These things have happened to people who used fake capacity flash drives.

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June 22, 2009 at 8:40 AM

Are the 64GB DataTraveler drives sold by this US ebayer fake?

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US based seller lordofringloudnessassass has listed quite a few 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives at auction with a start price of $20. This is well below the wholesale cost of this drive so we suspect that they are probably counterfeit as no seller could afford to risk huge losses by finding that they sell at below cost. If you bought one of these test it immediately with h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

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June 6, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Are these Kingston DataTraveler 150 genuine or fake?

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UK ebay seller ryder705 has listed 20 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives for sale. We cannot tell from the very small picture whether they are counterfeit or genuine but we think they may be counterfeit as almost half of them are listed at auction with a start price below the wholesale cost. Either the seller is willing to take a big gamble by risking buyers winning them at less than cost or they are counterfeits purchased from a fraudulent wholsaler. If you bought one of these you can check whether they are counterfeit by contacting Kingston – genuine ones have individual serial numbers. The program h2testw can be used to determine the true capacity of flash drives.

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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June 1, 2009 at 6:00 PM