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thefamilystorage Ebay Fake Flash Memory Seller High Alert Devious – China. Urgent FeedBack Private.

Posted by KittyFireFlash on March 15, 2010

thefamilystorage is an eBay seller of Counterfeit (Fake – false capacity memory) Flash USB drives. Registered in China, thefamilystorage used multiple item listings to sell more than 1500+ fake Kingston DT200 128GB flash drives for $29 US each, earning more than $43,500 US.

FakeMemorySentinel published: thefamilystorage eBay Flash Memory Seller China – Test Immediately For Advertised Capacity.

A victim’s photos can be seen here.

Kingston confirmed the DT200 128GB sold by thefamilystorage is a fake. In an effort to hide negative feedback from buyers, thefamilystorage has made his feedback private. This does not affect his eBay score, all buyers can see the rising Negative and Neutrals against thefamilystorage. In making his feedback private, he can no longer list and sell on eBay. Unfortunately there many victims out there for thefamilystorage.

thefamilystorage-DT200 128GB Fraud

Read: Global Report – eBay Fake Memory 2008 – 2009

Buyers of 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB advertised capacity, please read these three articles immediately!

Questions? Please read this 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.

First time victim? Please read this article, see what fake flash memory sellers do when not enough buyers fight back: international-distributing Ebay Flash Memory Seller – An Experiment In Selling True Capacity? The History Behind international-distributing ID On eBay. A Very Dark Past. Also read: If You left Positive Feed Back For A Fake Flash Memory Seller. Can You Change It?

Please read and vote: How Do You Alter Flash Memory Chips To Lie About Their Real Capacity – Do You Want To Know More? Your input as a victim is required.

eBay Buyer Protection – Call To All USA eBay Members Who Are Victims Of Fake Flash Memory Purchased On eBay



Kingston Read:

Kingston USB Flash Drives. How To Check You Have A Genuine One And Not A Counterfeit – Easy Guide. Kingston Technologies Fighting To Protect Consumers And Itself From Counterfeits.

Kingston Technologies Under Attack From Fake Flash Memory Seller Piranhas In The Orient. DT200 Counterfeits 8GB 16GB 32GB Flood Global Market.

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Please test your device to ensure you have the advertised capacity with H2testw to ensure you have the advertised capacity. Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

FakeFlashSellers01 Don’t forget to leave the calling card of “SOSFakeFlash ” and “H2testw” in your feedback to help others. Do not change your feedback to get a refund – you will only create more victims.

Do a good deed. Warn other eBay buyers of fake flash. Save another person from a a fake flash nightmare and potential data loss. Read: How Contacting eBay Buyers OF Fake Memory Purchases Saves Others – A Victim’s Thank You!

How To Warn Others On eBay As A Fake Flash Angel – Fight Back Against Fake MP Players, Memory Cards, USB Flash Drives – A Guide


To see thefamilystorage’s negative feedback Please Click Here

March 15th, 2010 – we have 1 eBay listings confirmed fake.

The models sold under the eBay seller thefamilystorage confirmed as Counterfeit, recorded with eBayer ID and eBay Item Number – Standard Procedure. Presented as listed at auction. Counterfeit items tied to criminal activity enjoy no protection. If you bought one of these items from thefamilystorage, you should test immediately with the software H2testw 1.4 . Do not store any important information until you can confirm you have the advertised capacity (minus formatting overhead).

Should your device not report the true advertised capacity:

  1. Immediately attempt to move any data you have stored on it to another source. Be advised if you have stored more than the reported size from H2testw 1.4, you will not be able to recover it all – you can expect to see errors in the copy back.
  2. Immediately report to eBay and PayPal to add your voice against this seller.

If the eBay Item number has disappeared from your won list. Please go to PayPal and search through your transactions for the approximate time frame of your purchase. You will find the details of your transaction and ebay item number. PayPal keeps this information for a long time. Use the email address:

Please include:

  1. PayPal Transaction Number
  2. Ebay Item Number
  3. Date Of PayPal Transaction
  4. Date Of eBay Item Listing
  5. Your eBayer Id
  6. Cite eBay Seller thefamilystorage
  7. The results from your testing with H2testw 1.4
  8. Any information concerning data loss and it’s value to you

You are to inform them you wish to be part of the investigation against this seller and are adding yourself to the evidence. You expect to be fully refunded for the purchase and shipping and if you can prove data loss compensation for it as well. Furthermore, it is a fact that PayPal and eBay are aware of cases pouring in. You are invited to copy:

on your correspondence.


9 Responses to “thefamilystorage Ebay Fake Flash Memory Seller High Alert Devious – China. Urgent FeedBack Private.”

  1. Ross said

    This guy is bad, in his listing, at the time of my purchase, he had sold over 700 drives at $29 each…. unbelieveable. As was pointed out to me it is worth leaving negative feedback even though he has changed his feedback to private. I checked up on the numbers of neg fb he has, a week ago it was 9, last time I looked it is 18. I have as much evidence as I can get so far, and i intend to fight back.
    I encourage anyone who has had dealings with this guy to do the same, don’t let him take your money.. although its not a lot of money, better in your pocket than his.

  2. […] If your memory item fails testing report immediately to SOSFakeFlash. Update 20100316 read:thefamilystorage Ebay Fake Flash Memory Seller High Alert Devious – China. Urgent FeedBack Private… […]

  3. Alexander said

    So, I too succumbed to advertising and bought three flashes from this seller. They have not yet arrived. Most of all, I am afraid that the delivery will take more than 45 days and I can not open a dispute in PayPal. I join Ross and is now collecting evidence. I really want this seller punished to the fullest extent. And so we returned our money.

  4. Ross said

    It gets worse, I viewed the section on repairing a fake drive, ran the software tests and in the end had to take the drive apart to find the chip id numbers. I got the small chip numbers but the large black chip on the underside of the drive looked like it had the numbers scratched or sanded off. So it looks like the drive will be getting destroyed once this dispute is settled, cause there is no way in hell I will send it back only for him to sell it on to someone else.

  5. FlashChipTutor said

    Seems grade D flash storage chips are being used in the DT200 Kingston fakes. To learn more about grading:

    Genuine Verses Fake Counterfeit USB Flash Drives – A Guide – USB Flash Chips Used In USB Flash Drives – Grades A B C D

  6. Seth said

    Walmart is charging $509.88 for Kingston DT200/128GB DataTraveler 200 USB 2.0 Flash Drive.

    thefamilystorage charged $29 US

  7. The_Flash said

    It’s a shame that so many myths about manufacturing persist, really. If they didn’t, I’m sure more people would look at that $29 price-tag and think to themselves “Something’s fishy, here, if even Wal*Mart can only manage to sell that item for $510.”. Wal*Mart’s prices and buying power are known even outside of the US, and going on what I know about their buying power, I presume that it would be difficult for that price to be undercut.

    Speaking of manufacturing myths, am I the only one who’s encountered a general attitude of “It costs them pennies to make things, so the low prices can’t be wrong.” when trying to warn against the too-good-to-be-true prices of various types of fake goods? 😦 (I tend to think of it as the “There’s a big bad company trying to rip us off!” mindset.)

  8. KittyFireFlash said

    No you are not the only one, The_Flash.

    “It costs them pennies to make things, so the low prices can’t be wrong.”

    That is how most people end up at our sites. Mind you, most of us fell for it too. 😳

    It’s what the fake flash memory sellers are counting on, our being naive and of course thinking as you said “(I tend to think of it as the “There’s a big bad company trying to rip us off!” mindset.)”

    The most expensive part of a flash memory item? Nand flash memory chip(s) – it is more than 80% of the cost. The rest is the casing or other components and a modest profit, nothing more.

    Small wonder most fakes turn out to be 2GB or at best 4GB, it is in line with the prices for the chips and some profit.

    Few receive 8GB for a fake. It is becoming very rare. In 2008 a lot of people received 8GB for a 64GB advertised capacity, but then they also paid a lot more.

    The strange part is the prices people are paying for the 64GB and 128GB fakes are similar to what was paid two years ago. It can only mean one thing, a shortage of 8GB chips and an attempt to clear out the 2GB and 4GB no one wants. Worse still, we are seeing even more Grade D chips in testing reports. They are emptying trash bins to make the current fakes, again it has to do with the decreasing supply of all flash memory chips, only the scrap is available to those who engage in this dark market.

  9. red said

    ‘Not a registered user’.

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