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NobelDefender – Victim of eBay Fake Flash Memory Seller wholesalestore09. How The Internet Helped To Find Out The Truth. Observations,Testing.

Posted by KittyFireFlash on October 10, 2009

NobelDefender is a victim of eBay fake flash memory seller, wholesalestore09. On October 7, 2009 SOSFakeFlash published: wholesalestore09 Ebay Fake Flash Seller High Alert Devious – China

On the same day, NobelDefender wrote to SOSFakeFlash to share his story:

Hi there

Thanks for putting up such a fantastic site, wish I knew of it before I bought and became a victim of a fake flash drive!! The details you require for putting up this sellers information is here:

Your output from H2testw 1.4: The media is likely to be defective.
105.9 MByte OK (216960 sectors)
5.3 GByte DATA LOST (11280512 sectors)
Details:5.3 GByte overwritten (11280512 sectors)
0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
0 KByte corrupted (0 sectors)
64 KByte aliased memory (128 sectors)
First error at offset: 0x00000000069f0000
Expected: 0x00000000069f0000
Found: 0x00000007ee300000
H2testw version 1.4

Item is still listed. The description says 32 GB Brand New 32Gb USB 2.0 flash drive A588
Seller’s address (as on the shipping package):

bj/Ebay Airmail Department

1. ESSE Flat 25-26 2/F Block B,
FOCAL IND CTR,
21 Main Lok St.,
HOM,
Hong Kong

I buy quite some stuff on Ebay and up until now I have had only pleasant experiences. Even with sellers who do end up selling fake batteries I end up getting a refund or a replacement.

This time I went about buying a flash drive, the price seemed too attaractive so I bought it. The seller at that time had no negative feedback so it all seemed ok. The item arrived quite late and I thought I would do a battery of tests before I leave any feedback. The drive looked sleek and nice.

I checked on my Mac at first tried copying a file that was 225mb, nothing big for a drive that claims to be 32 GB! Well at about 104 mb my mac would stop copying the file and be ‘stuck’! This got me suspicious and I formatted it on my laptop running Windows PC it showed 32 gb alright it even “copied” big files, but when I tried to access these files nothing happened! They wouldn’t open.

Obviously I got suspicious and “googled’ and discovered your site and H2Testw. Ran the test for a complete 3 hours and then when the verifying process started it just gave me 105.9 mb ok!!! No wonder the mac stopped copying at 104 MB!!! Imagine my shock, 32 GB and 105 MB! What a joke not even 1/4th of its advertised capacity!

I quickly logged on to check the feedback of the seller, and what do I find? He has made it “Private” there were 7 negatives and in another day 9! Obviously the other buyers have figured out that they have also received fake drives! And now by making it Private I can’t read their feedback. After going through your site I have registered a complaint with Paypal for a full claim.

Of course the seller is in denial and says his drives are 32 gb if I don’t like it I can return it! But he is not willing to pay for the return mail.

My stand is that since this is not a damaged or spoilt drive in fact is a fake drive, why should I pay for the return?? They have deliberately sent me a fake drive when they knew it full well its fake. I am still waiting for the decission from Paypal.

But in the meanwhile I thought it would be wise to submit this information to your site, so that more people don’t get fooled. If there are so many cases on Ebay, then Ebay should do something about this! Make a policy decission to either make the seller pay more as guarantee for the drives or some other way to protect the buyer.

Hope this helps someone.

Thanks

NobelDefender

SOSFakeFlash, part of the FrankenFlash Project has been battling against sellers of false capacity flash memory products for over 22 months. The problem still continues on eBay, the evidence continues to grow against fake flash sellers operating on eBay and also on eBay itself for refusing to address the problems. The issue is over five years old. It is said that over 90% of all flash memory products sold on eBay are false capacity. NobelDefender call for eBay to DO SOMETHING! is not new, all victims on eBay say exactly the same thing. So far, eBay does little except suspend sellers when enough people complain. This unfortunately leads to listing information disappearing – SOSFakeFlash does it’s best to preserve information for victims.

SOSFakeFlash can not publish an alert on a seller without evidence. As a victim reported in on wholesalestore09 we were able to investigate and issue an alert on the internet.

Members like NobelDefender realizing something is wrong, search the internet for information, and find us. If you suspect you have purchased a false capacity flash memory item on eBay, please test it and if you discover you have a fake, report in, using the Report A Fake Tab.

Your information is important to warn others about bad sellers on eBay. NobelDefender’s observations on wholesalestore09 demonstrates why. wholesalestore09 has changed his feedback to private so people can not see what buyers have to say. Even worse, no one can see who bought from wholesalestore09 to warn them to test. NobelDefender’s testing makes that very clear. Buyers of wholesalestore09 are at risk of loosing their data – there are over 750 victims out there.

The issue of fake 32GB and 64GB usb flash drives on eBay continues to be serious. wholesalestore09 was one of these sellers. See: Warning! eBay 32GB 64GB Fake Flash Memory Outbreak – USB Pen Drives. Please patrol eBay for suspect listings and warn buyers to test. You could save someone from serious data loss and help remove fraudulent sellers of these fake capacity usb flash drives that are so dangerous to a persons data.

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