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Flash Memory Prices Are Rising – Digitimes Reveals Why.

Posted by flashchiptutor on September 17, 2009

The FrankenFlash Project has been reporting that prices for memory flash chips are going up, not down. A recent article published by Digitimes on 14 September 2009: Apple demand causing serious NAND flash shortage in Taiwan confirms this. Digitimes reveals why the prices are rising.

digitimes’s reported the following prices:

The average spot price of 16Gb multi-level cell (MLC) chips rose 0.85% to close at US$5.17 on September 11, and the 32Gb part was up 0.5% to US$7.13, according to DRAMeXchange. In the contract market, average pricing for 16Gb chips climbed 7.2% to US$4.48 in the first half of September, and 32Gb went up 4.3% to US$6.80.

For potential sellers and buyers this information is very important to know. Unfortunately a lot of older smaller capacity flash memory chips are being digitally altered to report a size much larger than the actual capacity.

Bit’s and Bytes Math

Memory manufacturers do not refer to memory chips in GB – Gigabytes, they use Gigabits. This confuses a lot of people. Is there a difference? Yes.

It takes 8 bits to make a byte. Therefore in consumer terms you must divide any size reported in Gb, by 8 – this will give you the size consumers are familiar with – GB.

What does this mean for prices?

16Gb multi-level cell (MLC) / 8 = 2GB chip. A 2GB chip costs $5.17
32Gb multi-level cell (MLC) / 8 = 4GB chip. A 4GB chip costs $7.13

spot prices on average are a little lower for “contracts”

16Gb multi-level cell (MLC) / 8 = 2GB chip. A 2GB chip costs $4.48
32Gb multi-level cell (MLC) / 8 = 4GB chip. A 4GB chip costs $6.80

Previously reported What Are The Real Costs For Flash Chips In China? Guide 2009

1GB = 3.38
2GB = 4.11
4GB = 6.61
8GB = 13.23
16GB = 29.41

This means:

2GB rose about 25% since April, 2009: from $4.11 to $5.17 US
4GB rose about 8% since April, 2009:$6.61 to $7.13 US

The April 2009 pricing reflected the increasing costs, much higher than 2008 for the same capacity. While information is not currently available for 8GB or 16GB, you can expect they also rose in price and as they are more recent chips, perhaps a great deal.

Consumers and potential resellers for usb flash drives, mp players and memory cards need to be extremely careful.

Only mentioned are the actual costs of the memory chips. The prices do not include the extras needed actually create a usb flash drive, mp player or memory card. The other parts, labour costs to assemble, modest profit of the manufacturing facility, modest profit of a wholesaling site – for genuine capacity items have been excluded.

If you are a seller thinking of selling please read:

So You Want To Sell On eBay For USB Memory Flash Drive PenSticks – MP Players – Memory Cards? Can You Make An Honest Profit And Sell Cheap? and consult other articles at https://flashdrivefacts.wordpress.com/

Please research and becareful. The FrankenFlash Project and it’s many sites are combating fraud for false capacity memory chips. These are chips reprogrammed to lie about their real size to operating systems. You should always inspect and test your merchandise for it’s true memory capacity prior to offering it for sale!

Read: H2testw 1.4 – Gold Standard In Detecting USB Counterfeit Drives at SOSFakeFlash . If you review the many comments you will know why this software is so useful.

Practice safe selling:

  1. Research your intended product.
  2. Find out what the costs are for memory chips.
  3. Buy from reputable sources.
  4. Test your merchandise!
  5. If flash memory devices fail testing:
  • If it fails testing with H2testw, take the item apart to inspect the memory chips.
  • Visit http://flashchiptech.wordpress.com/ for link information to chip manufactures to decode the chips you found to determine the real size.
  • If it is a brand name product report it to the brand name. Include the source of acquistion.
  • Photograph, document. See http://fixfakeflash.wordpress.com/ and http://sosfakeflash.wordpress.com/ for examples.
  • Take legal action against your acquisition source according to how you paid and the laws of your country.
  • Please do not attempt to sell the false capacity items to reclaim your costs. You only make the problem grow. If you are reported to the project and they investigate, you could find yourself on the internet.
  • You are welcome to report the source of your fake flash memory acquisition to sosfakeflashdrive@gmail.com.
  • Feel free to leave a comment on an article at any of the FrankenFlash Project sites. Make sure to post your testing results along with your testimony for items purchased outside of eBay. This is important. It warns other potential sellers against purchasing from your source!

The FrankenFlash Project is a co founded effort. Fake flash sellers on eBay (victims) and eBay buyers together started the project. It was not founded solely by buyers who became victims of false memory flash chips. Avoid the potential nightmare that comes from buying false capacity memory. RESEARCH YOUR PROJECT. Test items by category before offering for sale. Periodically continue to randomly test your orders. You are quality control. Protect yourself. Protect your buyers.

You can earn money by selling, but expect a modest profit. If you are being offered unrealistic prices, you will receive false capacity items. Digitimes has given some of the current prices and has explained some of the reasons why they are increasing.

Producing high quality flash drive chips, is expensive. There is a lot of overhead – the inspection process for flash memory chips is repeated at various stages during the manufacturing process. It is not only carried out at the end! During the retesting, more and more chips are discarded as they move through the process. These are often the chips that some how end up in fake capacity usb flash drives, mp players and memory cards.

Both resellers and consumers need to be prepared to pay realistic prices. If either or both do not, expect false capacity memory to be the result and the nightmare of consequences that come with fake memory.

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Corsair USB Flash Drives – Buying And Selling – A Guide

Posted by flashchiptutor on September 9, 2009

Are you interested in buying or selling Corsair USB flash drives? The Flash Survivor and Flash Voyager usb flash drives are well known. Excellent products with a 10 Year Limited Warranty. This is much higher then most brand names currently offer.

  • If you want to buy one, could you buy it just anywhere?
  • If you want to sell them could you buy them from any wholesalers?

Currently Corsair offers:

Flash Survivor
CMFUSBSRVR-8GB 8GB
CMFUSBSRVR-16GB 16GB
CMFUSBSRVR-32GB 32GB

Flash Voyager GT

CMFUSB2.0-16GBGT 16GB

Flash Voyager CMFUSB2.0-4GB 4GB
CMFUSB2.0-8GB 8GB
CMFUSB2.0-16GB 16GB
CMFUSB2.0-32GB 32GB
CMFUSBHC-64GB 64GB
Flash Voyager Mini
CMFUSBMINI-4GB 4GB
CMFUSBMINI-8GB 8GB
CMFUSBMINI-16GB 16GB

Note the capacity sizes offered for Flash Survivor, Flash Voyager GT or Flash Voyager and Flash Voyager Mini. There are no other capacities offered for these models by Corsair. You won’t find any 128GB, yet.

So where is the best to buy? Where is the cheapest price to be found? If you are a consumer, eBay would be the place – you would think. If you are a potential seller, from a wholesaler or wholesale internet site in China, seems logical.

Wrong. That fabulous 10 year limited warranty? Wave it goodbye. The only smart place to buy from if you are a consumer is from a Corsair authorized reseller, period. If you want to sell them, then you need to become an authorized reseller. It is not just about the warranty, it is the fact you are likely to acquire false capacity usb flash drive(s).

We will show you two things to help you understand:

  1. Corsair’s Warning
  2. A Victims Documented Corsair GT Voyager Fake.

Corsair’s Warning

Counterfeiting is a serious problem for flash nand memory based products. Corsair, just like all the other brand names is having it’s merchandise counterfeited.

The issue is serious enough that Corsair now publishes the fact at their support site. If a company does this, they do it because they have no choice and want to warn consumers. If you log in to http://www.corsair.com/helpdesk/default.aspx, then select Flash Memory followed by a Flash Voyager USB Pen Drive model you will see the following message:

NOTICE: Warning about counterfeit Corsair drives

CorsairTechSupportExpress

Key is the following:

“We have recently seen some number of counterfeit Corsair drives available in the market, usually from unauthorized sellers or third party sites such as EBay”

SOSFakeFlash can confirm that the eBay is a third party site where counterfeit Corsair USB Flash Voyager have been sold. In fact, in the last year of SOSFakeFlash’s operation it is the only internet site reported so far where these counterfeits have been sold.

Many sellers hoping to make a large profit bought these counterfeits from wholesaling sites in the Orient, they then offered them on eBay. As a result, not only did these eBay sellers have many angry buyers, if reported to SOSFakeFlash with supporting evidence, their reputations permanently stained from having sold fake flash. SOSFakeFlash in the interest of eBay members issues internet alerts to warn people around the world. eBay has a global presence. Counterfeits are also false capacity devices. For usb flash drives, this spells disaster! Data loss. A consumer’s files gone for good.

A Victims Documented Corsair GT Voyager Fake

One eBay victim documented his purchase and also photographed the fake Flash Voyager GT 16GB in various stages of disassembly for the public to inspect. Anyone who wants to see what a fake Corsair usb flash drive looks like will want to read this article.

The photos are very large and detailed. The victim dubbed “CaptainVoyager” also has a sense of humour. You need to use your mouse over the photo’s to see the little captions.

Victim Of Counterfeit Flash Voyager GT 16GB and 32GB Purchased On eBay Creates A Visual Guide

CaptainVoyager takes you step by step right down the the circuit board. If you think you may have bought a counterfeit Corsair as a consumer or even as a seller you will want to compare your usb flash drive(s) against his.

The moral of the story for both buyers and sellers is to only buy Corsair Memory products from authorized resellers. If you return a counterfeit to Corsair there will be no warranty. Not only that, you will never see the usb flash drive again.

If you return a drive that is counterfeit, we will notify you that the drive is not genuine, and the drive will be discarded.

Don’t go looking for super cheap fabulously priced bargains. There aren’t any. You could lose your data, your money and even end up creating a website to present your fake counterfeit Corsair to the public and display your lesson learned.

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Ebay Fake USB Flash Memory – FakeFlashNews Reveals Details On The Don Of Fake Flash In The Orient!

Posted by flashchiptutor on September 2, 2009

FakeFlashNews has just released an indepth report from an SOSFakeFlash investigation on the most sinister counterfeit ring operating on eBay for fake flash mp players, memory cards and usb flash drives. The fraud appears to be estimated in the millions.

eBay Fraud – Heng Fung House – Home To eBay Counterfeit Ring – Lei Sio Hong. Connected To The Don Of Fake Flash In the Orient – 3ToTrade. SOSFakeFlash Investigation.

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