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Flash Drive Education 102

Posted by flashchiptutor on October 6, 2008

Where can you buy a 16Gb or 32GB true capacity USB flash Drive? Who makes them? What are the brand names and the lesser brand names? Why are they so hard to find on eBay? Are you ready to take Flash Drive Education 102? This is the second lesson in the series and we are off for another shopping trip – destination – United States.

eBay is a place where people expect to find bargains. Good value, low price. It has become a cultural thing – Globally.

In North America during the mid 1990’s Sprint introduced a commercial slogan “More…for less”. Candice Bergan, swept her arms out for “more” and brought them together to emphasize the “less”. Who ever thought that this would permeate our subconscious? The world is driven now by “More for Less”. On eBay we believe the prices are lower because the retail store and it’s overhead has been removed. For many items this is very true. But there is a lowest possible price – rock bottom. People generally do not sell things below cost. Most need to make a little profit to stay in business.

With flash usb drives there is a rock bottom price that must be paid. Anything less and a seller will be out of business. If you visit http://www.nofakeflashdrives.com/ you will learn that honest manufacturers in 2007 could not produce an 8 GB usb drive in China for less than $25 US. That included a very modest profit at the time. True, prices are dropping but not to .99 cents or 4.99 US for an 8GB drive.

Most of us thought the reason the drives were cheaper on eBay is that retail chains were putting a high markup on the drives. eBayers continue to fall by the thousands each day into the fake flash pit following that assumption. Almost all members of SOSFakeFlash are victims of fake flash drives. Yes, we thought we were cutting out the middle man too.

In Flash Drive Education 101 we mentioned that an 8 GB Kingston DataTraveller sold on sale for slightly less than $20 US. That is because this model is very slow and is being dumped to liquidate. 16GB will soon be the standard offering. We also did a litte shopping trip in China to review what manufactures offered.

Another mistake many people make is to multiply. If there is a 4GB, an 8GB, there should be 16GB, 32GB and of course 64GB! As you jump in size expect to jump in PRICE! The higher price will not be a simple 2 x 8GB = 1 16GB drive! Expect to pay upto 4x what you would pay for an 8GB drive! If you want 16GB. As for 64GB forget it, they are experimental and cost more than $1,500 US at the moment!

So where are those 16GB and 32GB drives! Are they on eBay? Yes, some are. Before trying to find them on eBay let’s visit the United States. Newegg is an internet site known to sell true flash drives. Unfortuately they do not ship internationally. Still, it is a good site to research for information on flash drives. Also customers are allowed to review the products and post their experineces. Let’s check out the drives offered in 16GB and 32GB. You will notice, there is no 64GB!

For 16GB Drives

For 32GB Drives

So what did you see? Newegg is considered cut rate in prices.

Did you notice something about the brand names? The drives are generally from well known manufacturers of memory chips for PC’s and Laptops. It makes a lot of sense.

What about the prices? About 40% more than you paid on Ebay? 50% more? Remember Newegg is considered bargain basement – inexpensive.

How did people rate the drives? Did you see one you liked? If so, take down the information and begin your search to hunt on eBay. Do you find the model you are interested in? If so, you need to do two things:

1) Research the sellers negatives and neutrals with this tool:

http://toolhaus.org/cgi-bin/negs

2) Contact eBayers who bought the drive from the seller

See who bought the drive and left postive feedback. Contact them. Ask if they checked the true capacity of the drive with H2testw 1.4 Find out how long they have used and how much they have stored on the drive. If you only hear wonderful things – you can consider bidding or buying the drive.

Research Before You Buy

Given the situation with fake flash drives on eBay, we recommend that you restrain yourselves from bidding. Instead, find out who bought the model, contact them to test and wait to hear from them on the results. You can refer them to this site if they seem suspicious of you or your motivations. Contact more than one person. If you get good news, you can bid on a drive.

If you do bid and you have wonderful happy news, a True Flash Seller on eBay , be sure to come back to this site and post and leave a comment.

Or write to SOSFakeFlashDrive@gmail.com

Give us the eBay item number, your id and your evaluation of both drive and seller. We would like to publish a list of good eBay sellers offering true capacity drives! You have no idea how often we are asked for the “Good” sellers! Please let us know, your fellow eBayers are desperate!

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We don’t have a function on this site for rating. If you feel this article was helpful to you, please rate it on a scale of 1 to 10 in a comment! We need to know if articles like this one is useful or not. If so more will be coming.

1 means lousy or useless, 5 is okay and 10 means you enjoyed Flash Drive Education 102.

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