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SOSFakeFlash Releases Report On eBay For Fake Flash Memory Sold. The Different Price Lists From Wholesalers In The Orient For Flash Memory Products. Fakes verse Genuine.

Posted by flashchiptutor on November 16, 2009

eBay is not a good place to buy or even sell usb flash drives, memory cards or mp3 mp4 players. Sellers and resellers need to be aware there are usually two different price lists offered in the Orient for the same items. Choose the wrong list and you will regret it.

Currently eBay is a battleground between those who engage in fraud and those who have been frauded by sellers. SOSFakeFlash just released a status report:

Fake Flash Memory On Ebay Escalates. SOSFakeFlash Status Report 20091031. Fake Memory Cards, MP3 MP4 Players, USB Flash Drive PenSticks. How To Fight Against Fraud.

Interesting reading. Topics covered?

  • Current eBay fake flash seller tactics – The Change
  • So how can people fight back? The new strategy.
  • Et tu, Brute? Do you wonder why the feedback scores are so high for fake flash sellers?
  • The Fight Against Fake Flash Memory Sellers On eBay. Then and Now.
  • Current Agenda
  • Reference Reading Material

It is getting ugly and nasty on both sides. Fraudulent sellers, Frauded buyers.

In the summer of 2009, SOSFakeFlash was forced to introduce a zero tolerance policy. While not happy about it, they say they had no choice, the problem continues to escalate on eBay. Some eBay sellers who had good reputations before deciding to expand their product line to flash memory products are losing them.

Anyone who sells on eBay must verify what they sell. Never trust a supplier. For flash memory products it means you can not rely on a quick inspection by checking capacity in an operating system. Fakes have been reprogrammed to lie about their actual capacity to operating systems. Sellers are advised to test with H2testw and routinely and repeatedly continue testing for incoming merchandise to avoid receiving a few fake lot’s slipped in. If is it impractical to test, don’t sell flash memory products. At SOSFakeFlash, anyone caught on eBay and confirmed, receives their own internet alert to warn consumers. They never retract any alerts. Fortunately they research both the seller and the buyers.

It is disturbing to see sellers not carefully researching their product lines and testing. Most caught in the Western world bought from wholesalers in the Orient. In many cases, had they reviewed the price of flash memory chips they could have avoided the situation. There is no such thing as “OEM” for brand name products. These are counterfeits and most often false capacity. “OEM” as a rule refers to computer components and software that is delivered with a complete system system. That does not make sense for memory cards, usb flash drives and mp3 mp4 players, does it?

Recently the packaging for counterfeit items has improved, especially for Kingston DataTraveler DT150/64GB. Usually for brand names cheap snap packaging has been used, now there are reports of very high quality blister packaging. Read: believes_wo29 Ebay Fake Flash Memory Seller High Alert – China – Singapore

As the battle escalates on eBay and more victims report to law authorities in Hong Kong and their local police (who then contact Hong Kong authorities), many fraudulent sellers are switching shipping from Hong Kong to Singapore. The new counterfeits look so genuine. Only by opening the packaging, can one detect a fake. Sadly, even Kingston’s anti counterfeiting measures of serial numbers on the back have been cleverly replicated. SOSFakeFlash advises that no one consider importing any Kingston DataTraveler DT150/64GB 32GB flash drives now, unless it is from an authorized Kingston Reseller. Contact Kingston to find out if the wholesaler you wish to purchase from, is authorized. If the seller is not – avoid!

About The Two Lists From Wholesalers In the Orient

According to the FrankenFlash Project, a number of companies who bought large quantities of usb flash drives as promotional items recently received fakes. Their mistake? They chose the wrong list. It is important to ask the wholesaler for the real flash memory items list and emphasize this. Most have two lists. A list of cheap delightful prices and one that reflects the true costs to produce. The real list, is not so attractive in price but as a rule the items shipped are real capacity.

Sellers and resellers are interested in maximum profit. Because of this attitude, “Most For The Least“, they receive fakes. The actual real capacity of the flash memory chips on the fake devices are? Very close in price to the same size on the real memory list, with a slight surcharge for the labour involved to reprogramme the devices to fake size. So an fake advertised as 32GB when tested is 4GB and the price paid by the importer is slightly higher then what a 4GB would have cost on the real flash memory list.

From the wholesalers point of view, there is absolutely nothing wrong, you got what you paid for.

You may not agree with this. But ponder a little. What you paid, dictates what you receive. No one is going to give away flash memory items below the real costs of the chips, they would not be in business for very long. To assume that there is a very large profit margin to be made in selling usb flash drives, mp3 mp4 players and memory cards, is the first step into being frauded. The profit margin for real flash memory is modest.

There are a lot of victims on both sides of the fake flash memory wars that are raging, buyers and sellers. Both need to understand the true costs associated with flash memory products. It is the first step to avoid becoming a victim or creating them. Data and file loss frequently have tragic consequences.

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2 Responses to “SOSFakeFlash Releases Report On eBay For Fake Flash Memory Sold. The Different Price Lists From Wholesalers In The Orient For Flash Memory Products. Fakes verse Genuine.”

  1. ALLAN BUSHELL said

    HI,
    IGOT CAUGHT WITH A “DATA TRAVELER 32 GB” THIS WEEK . I GOT ALSO AN EMAIL FROM A PERSON IN AMERICA TELLING ME I HAD JUST BOUGHT A “FAKE ” I CHECKED WITH DATA TRAVELER TECHNICAL PEOPLE & THEY ASSURED ME THAT IT WAS A FAKE!
    REAL ONES HAVE THE 32 GB ETCHED ON THE SHANK OF THE DRIVE THAT FITS INTO THE COMPUTER.
    MINE DIDN’T!!
    LUCKILY THE MONEY WILL BE REFUNDED – ACCORDING TO EBAY!
    THIS BRINGS INTO QUESTION – WHY DOSN’T EBAY STOP THIS CHEATING & STEALING!
    IT’S WRONG.
    REGARDS
    ALLAN BUSHELL SYDNEY AUSTRALIA

    • Hi Allan,

      Great to hear that an eBay member in America warned you! We call that activity “Fake Flash Angel” at SOSFakeFlash.

      You are one of the lucky ones to have been warned. An eBay member can only send 5 messages a day. It makes it very difficult to warn people.

      Do report your seller to us. It’s in the link for this comment.

      If you feel relieved to have been warned, do a good deed, warn some other eBay members to help save others.

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