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Fake MP3 MP4 Players. Wrong Memory Flash Chips. Electrical Hazards.

Posted by flashchiptutor on October 18, 2009

Are you a seller thinking of selling MP3 MP4 Players on eBay? You need to be very careful who you choose to import from in the Orient. Many are fakes, false capacity – they have had their memory storage chips reprogrammed to lie about their real size. Recently SOSFakeFlash uncovered two additional issues with these items.

  1. defective wall charges that can damage the MP Players
  2. strange memory chips, for example SDRAM memory chips being used as storage

Here is a recent report reprinted from SOSFakeFlash:

Yogi’s Fake 32GB MP Player From kinhome88 eBay Fake Flash Memory Seller – Charger Blows Up

eBay buyers continue to search for bargains at unrealistic prices on eBay. Almost all receive a false capacity MP Player as a result. You can read more on the bid prices on SOSFakeFlash’s report: MP Players On Ebay – Current Prices For Cheap Fake 2GB 4GB 8GB 16GB 32 GB SOSFakeFlash’s Report. There is also another danger frequently found with these mp players – wall chargers that are unsafe. They can damage the player, the electrical socket and potentially start a fire.

Buying a false capacity MP3 MP4 Player on eBay happens all the time. SOSFakeFlash is also receiving reports that these items often have a dangerous wall charger too – they “blow up” and can lead to electrical fires!

On June 25, 2009 SOSFakeFlash Published: kinhome88 Ebay Fake Flash Seller Alert – China

You should read the email from the kinhome88 in that alert! It may explain why he has been able to continue frauding through the summer of 2009 and continues unchallenged in the Fall of 2009. kinhome88 now also offers those fake usb memory flash pen drives SOSFakeFlash has seen a few too many times.

eBay buyer victim “Yogi” bought this 32GB Touch Screen MP3 MP4 Player from kinhome88:

3903

Yogi provided the following listing description from kinhome88:

PACKAGE INCLUDED
———————————

32GB Touch Screen MP3 MP4 Player
USB Data & Power Supply Cable
High Quality Earphone
USB Wall Charger (Free Gift!!!)

Yogi said:

Received a Wall Charger which BLEW up !See picture

kinhome88 ChargerBlewUp

Yogi Observed:

High Quality Earphone….it’s subjective….

The 32GB player with 2,8 inch screen….After putting more than 2 GB on the memory the problems start to arise. corupt files etc.
Because of the site.. I decided to open the MP4 player. It has a Samsung memory chip :

SAMSUNG Flash
K4S281632C-TC1L

The Hardware chip is:
ANYKA AK3631LQ14402
FS01F9

SOSFakeFlash had a lot of difficultly trying to find this the memory chip at Samsung: K4S281632C-TC1L when found, the serial was for SDRAM and was an EOL product (end of life). Very confusing. The investigators have no idea what to make of this. An SDRAM flash memory chip being used in an MP Player? Or was it a counterfeit nand memory chip, using a legal serial number from Samsung? Or was this chip “converted” to be used in low quality MP Players because it was an EOL memory chip? At the moment no one really knows.

Yogi on testing the capacity:

Output of H2Test 1.4.. after completing the writing of the 32 GB and the verify starts it complained about errors and it/… crashed.
Because the writing of 32 Gb takes so very long I didn’t do the test again.

Yogi has filed a claim with paypal as do many eBay victims.

Yogi’s false capacity MP Player, reveals two additional facts buyers need to be aware of:

1) Wrong storage memory chips being used, possibility of counterfeit knock offs or recycled chips that should not be used in MP Players.

2) Wall chargers that are an electrical hazard. Yogi’s MP Player was damaged as a result. Wall chargers that are sub standard and not properly certified could damage your electrical outlet, MP Player and possibly start a fire in your home.

In hunting for unrealistic bargains on eBay you could end up with much more than a false capacity memory item.

Meanwhile kinhome88 continues to fraud and SOSFakeFlash sees little evidence of buyers attempting to contact and warn others who bought from this seller. As a result, kinhome88 will to earn and to sell fake memory items to unsuspecting eBay members.

If you feel this is wrong, lend a helping hand, warn buyers of kinhome88.

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One Response to “Fake MP3 MP4 Players. Wrong Memory Flash Chips. Electrical Hazards.”

  1. Micro said

    A remarkable similarity here between the wall charger and my experiences with another “Far Eastern” power supply unit.. See HERE

    http://reviews.ebay.co.uk/DANGEROUS-POWER-SUPPLIES_W0QQugidZ10000000013871555

    For larger views of the damage, check the links at the article end.

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