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Test flash memory items bought on ebay from ktl2010 with h2testw

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We strongly suggest that anyone who bought a memory card or USB flash drive on ebay from ktl2010 tests it immediatelywith the free program h2testw as we think you run the risk of data loss and corruption otherwise.

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October 12, 2010 at 4:17 PM

kath5680 auctioning obvious fake 128GB flash drives on ebay

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The 128GB flash drive in this ebay auction from kath5680 is a notorious fake – the leather and steel model is always fake capacity and corrupts files. We suspect the seller knows these are fakes – why else cover up the bit on the package where it no doubt says Sony Vaio?

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.

buy it now price from sexythompson for DT310 flash drives too low

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The buy it now price in this ebay listing from sexythompson is too low for these 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives to be genuine. This seller also has a number of auctions for these.

The seller gives the location as Luton, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom in listings but is registered in the United States and no items from this seller are listed on ebay UK. Looks thoroughly dodgy to us!! Buyers can check whether or not a Kingston flash drive is genuine quite easily – here are the steps:

  1. Look at the back of the pack – is there a serial number?
  2. If there is no serial number (there should be a label showing this) then it is sure to be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files – but the presence of a serial number does not, in itself, gaurantee it is genuine.

  3. Look at the USB connector – is there engraving on it giving details about the flash drive?
  4. If there is no engraving you can be sure it is a counterfeit that will trash your files – but again, the presence of engraving does not in itself gaurantee it is genuine.

  5. If both a serial number and engraving are present try verifying the serial number with Kingston.
  6. If Kingston cannot verify the serial number then you have a fake capacity counterfeit and your data will become lost or corrupted after a while.

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.

Kingston DataTraveler flash drives in ebay auctions from emerald48s

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The discontinued model of Kingston flash drive in this ebay listing was never made in 64GB capacity – the highest capacity it was ever produced in was 32GB. The 32GB one from emerald48s (ebay item number 150498502721) is the wrong colour to be genuine.

As both these are obvious fakes this leads us to conclude that all the Kingston flash drives being auctioned by emerald48s are fake capacity counterfeits and a fake capacity flash drive always corrupts files. The use of private listings makes us wonder if this seller may be aware they are fakes.

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.

UPDATE 02/10/2010
This obvious fake sold for £36.52. Given the response (shown below) from emerald48s to a message sent by a concerned ebayer warning the seller this is flash drive was fake we would advise ebay buyers to avoid this seller like the plague!!

Okay, I appreciate your concern. I am simply selling a working 64GB used flash drive. I know it works because I have used it. I have no interest in whether it is a fake or original as I am not qualified to tell.

Also, I am not a Kingston rep and no very little about their products, what they made or did not make. I have already 22gb worth of movie files on there which the winning bidder will get. If you want to join the fight flash fraud, good luck as every product is made in China, Taiwan or Hong Kong.

I lived and worked in China and the far east, there is no such thing as an original, just company endorsements and year on year warranty, what you call a fake you can find in Walmart or Dixons for twice the price, only no one questions their fakes because they offer you warranty.

Note, if the item does not work I am happy to refund, however I won’t be drawn into the fake original battle knowing what I know. Thanks again, sorry for being direct. If you are unsure you will get working item, don’t bid but please stop fighting lost causes, before long all these firms you so respect will be Chinese owned, what will you do then?

Seller emerald48s is right about one thing – Walmart have sold fake flash drives in the past (in the USA around Christmas 2009 if memory serves right) as have some other retailers in Europe and elsewhere – a reason why we always advise buyers to test with h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased.

As to the rest of what the seller says – absolute tripe! You can bet your bottom dollar that any flash drive sold on ebay by emerald48s will be a fake capacity counterfeit – here’s the most recent listing (ebay item number 150500252835 if you want to have a look) – we think there is absolutely no chance of the buyer being able to play all the movies “saved” to this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive:

Dodgy ebay listings for Kingston USB flash drives from aimmemory

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Seller aimmemory has quite a number of private one day “for charity” ebay auctions for Kingston flash drives on ebay. We are fairly certain that the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 300 flash drive in this listing and others will prove to be a fake capactity counterfeit. Apart from anything else the seller specifically says in the listing above:

Please note that this USB is made in china, in sealed factory package and not tested, therefore no returns are allowed.

Hardly a statement of confidence in the product is it? It seems likely that the 64GB Kingston Datatraveler (ebay item 220673379045 and others) listed by this seller will also be fake capacity counterfeits.

Buyers can check whether or not a Kingston flash drive is genuine quite easily – here are the steps:

  1. Look at the back of the pack – is there a serial number?
  2. If there is no serial number (there should be a label showing this) then it is sure to be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files – but the presence of a serial number does not, in itself, gaurantee it is genuine.

  3. Look at the USB connector – is there engraving on it giving details about the flash drive?
  4. If there is no engraving you can be sure it is a counterfeit that will trash your files – but again, the presence of engraving does not in itself gaurantee it is genuine.

  5. If both a serial number and engraving are present try verifying the serial number with Kingston.
  6. If Kingston cannot verify the serial number then you have a fake capacity counterfeit and your data will become lost or corrupted after a while.

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.

mjc1881 auctions fake 32GB flash drive purchased on ebay

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It appears that this known model of fake flash drive listed at auction by mjc1881 was purchased by the seller for £19.99 with free P&P from moon.pyter – an impossibly low price for a genuine flash drive.

We published an article about moon.pyter back on the 8th of August when we spotted a listing for this known model of fake flash drive in 16GB capacity. It appears mjc1881 that also bought the 16GB version (for £12.99 with free postage) from moon.pyter.

If there is anything we think worse than the fake flash sellers from China it is ebayers elsewhere who try to re-sell the fakes they bought from sellers in the far east.

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.

pardoe2010 sells off fake flash drives from China on ebay

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This group of three flash drives sold by pardoe2010 on ebay are certain to be fake capacity which corrupts files. The seller told us in the listing:

16 GB USB MEMORY FLASH DRIVE x3
ALL THREE MEMORY STICKS HAVE BEEN FORMATTED
THESE WERE BOUGHT FROM CHINA A FEW MONTHS BACK AND HAVE BEEN SAT IN MY DRAW SINCE, I ONLY EVER USED THEM FOR PICS AND MP3 MUSIC.

THERES FAR TO MUCH MEMORY FOR WHAT I NEED.

HOWEVER , I AM SELLING THESE ITEMS AS SPARES OR REPAIRS.
JUST FOR THE FACT THAT THEY’VE BEEN SAT IN MY DRAW FOR AGES.

ANYONE WHO BIDS ON THESE ITEMS MUST KNOW THAT THERE ARE NO RETURNS.

This is not the first group of 3 fakes from China sold by pardoe2010.

Someone should call an ambulance as seller must be suffering first degree burns in the nether regions! We wouldn’t touch a flash drive from pardoe2010 with a barge pole.

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.