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Old 09-09-06, 09:22 PM
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How Do You Protect Yorself From Fake SD Cards On Ebay?

I was just about to buy a 1 gig SD card on ebay and than saw an article where it said over 95% of all memory cards sold on Ebay are fake. Talk about disheartening. So my question is how in the hell do you protect yourself from getting a fake one. Reading the article says that even with sellers with 100% feedback isn't a guarantee. Cuz the people that get them, don't check and so they leave a positive b/c they received the item. it basically said there are some slight differences but my main question is does that mean those fake cards don't hold the amount they claim or what?

has anyone bought one recently and had good results form certain buyers? The prices are all pretty damn good and that's one of the points they point out saying if the prices are over half off, than it might be a scam but nowadays with the price of electronics always getting better, how do you know if it's a "normal" price?
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I protect myself by not buying them on eBay.

They're cheap enough from normal retailers.
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There are plenty of online stores that have great deals on SD cards. Ebay has been taken over and has become nearly useless for buying. The days of individuals selling their stuff in a garage sale fashion are pretty much over. Those auctions are there, but digging through the mountain of junk the so called power sellers have on there to find them is no longer worth it for most items.
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What everybody else said. Newegg. MyDigitalDiscount. They all have much better deals.
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I bought a laptop battery from ebay about 10 days ago, got it and it seems ok.

The battery in my old laptop went out. And by went out, I mean it would not charge at all and dead as a door nail. Since this was my older laptop that is now just used around the house for quick look ups, if my wife wants the kids to do homework in the kitchen, etc, I really didn't want to spend the $160 or so from Dell for a battery. So I got one that is "supposed to be" OEM for $60 shipped. Seems like the real deal and I got well over 3 hours of wireless net surfing on it before I gave up.

I was worried about a fake, or scam. So while I saw other new batteries listed for $40 or so, I decided to not go the cheapest and be happy to save the $100 and move on. So far so good....
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Originally Posted by X
I protect myself by not buying them on eBay.

They're cheap enough from normal retailers.
So true!
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What do you mean by fake? I'm guessing you meant they do work but are claiming to be brands that they are not. How does one even check?
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Re: How Do You Protect Yorself From Fake SD Cards On Ebay?

Sorry to reurrect such an old thread. I just purchased 2 of these..
http://www.ebay.com/itm/201526701601...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
I tried copying around 15GB to each one & more than half of the files were missing afterwards. Other than that, the transfer speed was ridiculously slow. I used H2testw & FakeFlashTest to test both sticks & the tests ran for over a day & seemed to stop progressing after awhile. Anything else I can try? Thanks!
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Re: How Do You Protect Yorself From Fake SD Cards On Ebay?

That price screams fake
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Re: How Do You Protect Yorself From Fake SD Cards On Ebay?

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Sorry to reurrect such an old thread. I just purchased 2 of these..
http://www.ebay.com/itm/201526701601...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
I tried copying around 15GB to each one & more than half of the files were missing afterwards. Other than that, the transfer speed was ridiculously slow. I used H2testw & FakeFlashTest to test both sticks & the tests ran for over a day & seemed to stop progressing after awhile. Anything else I can try? Thanks!
The flash storage used in those is likely to be incredibly slow/borderline unusable for most things.

Not sure why your files would be missing though.
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Re: How Do You Protect Yorself From Fake SD Cards On Ebay?

Originally Posted by JZ1276 View Post
Sorry to reurrect such an old thread. I just purchased 2 of these..
http://www.ebay.com/itm/201526701601...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
I tried copying around 15GB to each one & more than half of the files were missing afterwards. Other than that, the transfer speed was ridiculously slow. I used H2testw & FakeFlashTest to test both sticks & the tests ran for over a day & seemed to stop progressing after awhile. Anything else I can try? Thanks!
It's a $16 512gb flash drive shipped from China.

There are three red flags in that single sentence.
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Re: How Do You Protect Yorself From Fake SD Cards On Ebay?

The solution is so simple that it's axiomatic: Eschew Ebay's Obsfucation.
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Re: How Do You Protect Yorself From Fake SD Cards On Ebay?

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The flash storage used in those is likely to be incredibly slow/borderline unusable for most things.

Not sure why your files would be missing though.
And also not 512gb. It could be 4 or 8,maybe 16gb. No way is it truly 512gb.
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Re: How Do You Protect Yorself From Fake SD Cards On Ebay?

Originally Posted by D.Pham4GLTE (>60GB) View Post
And also not 512gb. It could be 4 or 8,maybe 16gb. No way is it truly 512gb.
Yeah, the controller will probably report 512gb but actual usable space is apparently closer to 64gb, tho in this case probably 8gb which would explain the missing files.
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Re: How Do You Protect Yorself From Fake SD Cards On Ebay?

Originally Posted by RichC2 View Post
Yeah, the controller will probably report 512gb but actual usable space is apparently closer to 64gb, tho in this case probably 8gb which would explain the missing files.
After I received the USB sticks and noticed how slow transfer speeds were, I contacted the seller letting him know there was no way they are USB 2.0 as advertised & he gave me a partial refund. That was weeks ago & I am just recently noticing more than half the files didn't even copy like I said. Even though they were cheap I'm requesting a full refund.
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Re: How Do You Protect Yorself From Fake SD Cards On Ebay?

What RichC2 said. The controller will report a large size, but you'll get errors if you actually try to write that much data. When I was in China there were tons of these fake drives at the flea markets.

JZ1276 don't miss your window to file a Money Back Guarantee claim with eBay. I believe you have 30 days from receipt of the item. Don't wait for the seller to get back to you if you are near the time limit.
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Re: How Do You Protect Yorself From Fake SD Cards On Ebay?

So much shitty flash media out there. I only buy good name brand media. Sure it may be slightly more expensive, but you get what you pay for. I also tend to buy from reputable sellers, like Amazon. Of course I have a bunch of the Micro Center store brand drives that they give out for free, and they are good for certain things. But data that I care about goes on a good name brand card/stick.
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Re: How Do You Protect Yorself From Fake SD Cards On Ebay?

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After I received the USB sticks and noticed how slow transfer speeds were, I contacted the seller letting him know there was no way they are USB 2.0 as advertised & he gave me a partial refund. That was weeks ago & I am just recently noticing more than half the files didn't even copy like I said. Even though they were cheap I'm requesting a full refund.
It's probably still USB 2.0, it's just slow storage.

USB 2.0 describes a maximum potential speed, it doesn't even start to suggest what kind of speed you're actually going to get.

Typically a 512GB flash drive costs around $150 - $250, depending on brand and speed.
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Re: How Do You Protect Yorself From Fake SD Cards On Ebay?

Originally Posted by Josh-da-man View Post
It's a $16 512gb flash drive shipped from China.

There are three red flags in that single sentence.
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You really do get what you pay for..$16 for 512gb is clearly bogus. Even bargain basement brands from sellers on Amazon are nowhere near $16.
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Re: How Do You Protect Yorself From Fake SD Cards On Ebay?

I was in Rio de Janeiro last week. Vendors everywhere selling 32GB flash drives for about a buck. I stayed well away.
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Re: How Do You Protect Yorself From Fake SD Cards On Ebay?

Yeah, I avoid all this by buying on Amazon, and only items that are "Sold and fulfilled by Amazon.com".

I was at another message board, and this guy had some kind of streaming device that had a USB port (like a Roku, possibly an actual, name-brand Roku). He kept complaining that it wasn't working, and that Rokus were pieces of junk, and that anyone who bought a Roku was an idiot. We kept telling him over and over that the "512GB flash drive, purchased on AliExpress for $10" was the problem, not the Roku. He refused to believe us. Yes, really. Someone finally talked him in to buying a name brand 64GB flash drive from Office Depot... and the Roku MAGICALLY started working! heh.
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Re: How Do You Protect Yorself From Fake SD Cards On Ebay?

I buy mine at Costco

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