Beware of fake flash on ebay – especially from Hong Kong / China where most of the drives being sold are fake (small drives made to look like big ones). This blog is dedicated to the fight against the fraudsters who flood ebay with these drives.
Thousands of people have bought flash drives on Ebay which miss-report the drive’s capacity. These drives may seem to be 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB or even 64GB. The size of these drives is FAKE – in fact they are often 2GB or less. Most buyers don’t realise there is wrong with the drive they bought until months later when they run into trouble with lost files or corrupted files. We call these drives frankenflash because they have been programmed by fraudsters to fool you by showing a FALSE capacity.
I was one of the lucky ones – I saw something written by other ebayers before my flash drives arrived from Hong Kong so I knew what to do when they dropped through the letterbox. I tested them with the small free program h2testw and found all had been programmed in this way. I immediately asked for refunds and where sellers did not immediately refund me I opened paypal disputes and communicated with the sellers only through this.
DO NOT waste you time communicating with fake flash sellers other than through the dispute console! To do so just wastes your effort while your time to get a refund runs out!!
One of them was marked Kingston so it was counterfeit. The others were unbranded so were not counterfeit. The person who sold me a counterfeit refunded my money immediately. Fraudsters know they are likely to get hammered if they are caught selling counterfeit goods. When a drive is unbranded it is more difficult to deal with.
Sometimes the seller is innocent and has also been fooled – it may be the supplier they bought from who is the fraudster rather than the person selling the drive. Innocent sellers are likely to test their drives and refund money immediately. The guilty will wriggle, argue, offer partial refunds and use many other tactics to try and hang on to at least some of their ill gotten gains.