A Lesson On The Meaning Of The Word Faulty For Flash Memory Sold On eBay By SOSFakeFlash. Urgent! eBay gaston3233 Fake Flash Memory Seller Alert Devious – United Kingdom.
Posted by KittyFireFlash on September 8, 2011
gaston3233 is an eBay seller of Counterfeit (Fake hacked – false capacity memory) memory cards and has switched to advertising the fakes as ‘faulty’. Registered in the United Kingdom, gaston3233 uses multiple item listings and private auctions to hide details of what is being sold. There is a new breed of eBay seller who engages in fraud, gaston3233 uses a lethal trio:
- Private Auction Listings
- No Returns accepted
- Advertising items as faulty
Do you want to buy 32GB Micro SD SDHC TF memory cards on eBay? Do you believe you will get a cheap bargain? eBay seller gaston3233 is an excellent example for flash memory education and what you need to be very careful for, if you bid and buy for Micro SD SDHC TF memory cards on eBay. Learn from the years of experience provided by SOSFakeFlash and become a smarter consumer.
Private auctions for flash memory items on eBay are deadly. They claim a lot of victims. No honest seller hides behind private auctions, it is also a violation of eBay’s intent for this listing category. See eBay Private Auction Listings – eBay Fake Flash Sellers Prefer – Victims Learn The Meaning The Hard Way – A Guide
FakeMemorySentinel published: UK eBay Flash Memory Sellers rag_traders – 2006johnbryant – byte-back-pc – garethmcquaid – antonia911 – gaston3233 – memorize-it – Test Immediately To Verify Advertised Capacity. Please Avoid Fake Memory Products! Fälschung?
Even more disturbing, this seller put “no returns” in the listings and also this misleading disclaimer:
New micro SDHC cards straight from the factory, but this batch are faulty as they vary in ‘good’ capacity
when tested from 1.4GB to 16GB (average for most cards is 1.8GB). May develop potential read/ write errors particularly above 1.8GB but they may also be repairable with the right formatting tools.
A faulty batch? May develop read write errors above 1.8GB? Memory cards having errors above 1.8GB means only one thing, digitally altered memory cards. Hacked to lie about their read capacity.
May be repairable? You need to read this:
Fixing Fake SD SDHC Cards, Is It Possible? What Are The Problems And Challenges? What Software To Use To Test For Flash Memory Fake Chips. Is There A Free Download To Check Flash Drives And Memory Cards Size?
Two important rules for anyone interested in buying memory cards on eBay:
Never buy any memory card on eBay in a private auction.
Never buy a memory card that says “faulty” or “defective” on eBay.
Do you want to pay £16.99 for a dangerous memory card? Do you want to loose your photos? SOSFakeFlash can not stress this enough. A lot of people are too itchy with their bidding fingers hoping for an impossible bargain when it comes to buying flash memory cards on eBay.
The FrankenProject has seen many tactics used to sell false capacity memory on eBay. 1.8GB means a 2GB flash storage chip Grade D. Grade D is to be destroyed, not sold by any ‘factory’ or reseller.
Is it ethical or acceptable to sell flash memory items on eBay that are NOT the advertised capacity?
If it was, there would be no FrankenFlash Project sites on the internet.
One of the reasons flash memory is costly is the quality control procedures and tests on memory chips to ensure they deliver the capacity advertised and are reliable. When they do not, they are discarded. Unfortunately due to the black market they are not destroyed as they should be. There is a hugh surplus of 2GB chips, nobody wants them. There is even a bigger supply of grade C and D chips, even less wanted, expect by those use them to create fake capacity.
How do you repair a fake 32GB card?
You can not make it become 32GB. If testing with H2testw reveals a 1.9 GB, you have only a slim chance of restoring it. If it is 1.8GB or 1.7GB you take even a greater risk. What does a real 2GB memory card cost? Think about it. You might be better off fighting the seller, eBay and PayPal to get your money back. If you funded with a credit card, do yourself a favour, have the credit card company do a reversal for fraud – they are more interested in you as a client and protecting you then eBay ever will be.
Ignorance about flash memory costs, is one of the leading causes buyers become victims of fraud.
They loose money, they loose data. We call it data poison. Would you buy medicine that might be faulty? Food that could be faulty? Would you try to repair faulty medicine or food? The comparison may annoy some, but it is closer than you think. Some think it is an even worse deception then selling an advertised false capacity. eBayers are tricked into believing they can ‘fix’ the capacity – few succeed for memory cards. Grade D is the worst kind of flash memory chip there is. Then again, what does 2GB REAL capacity cost? Do you consider this another kind of fraud?
Important Notice To eBay members:
1. Do not accept any 45 day window limitation from eBay. eBay is aware of the problem for fake flash memory cards, usb flash drives and MP Players. eBay has absolutely no excuse. You will find just how many sellers have been documented by SOSFakeFlash by checking our lists.
Read: eBay Flash Memory Fraud Continues. 8 Years later, eBay Continues Cover Up For Fraudulent Asian Sellers. 8GB 16GB 32GB 64GB 128GB 256GB Advertised Capacity = 4GB Real Capacity Or Less eBay has absolutely no excuse.
2. Do not return fake memory to sellers. You do not have to. File your dispute.
Questions? Confused? Need Help? You will find all the answers you need in this guide:
SOSFakeFlash Reading List For Newbies Fake Flash Memory eBay And Internet Sites. Ultimate Internet Reference On Fake Hacked Flash Memory In A Nutshell. 3 Years Of Research And Documentation. 1,000,000 Flash Memory Chips Are Digitally Altered To Lie About Their Real Capacity Every Month
It’s easy to use and has all the information you need with quick link navigation. 3 years of information provided by victims of fake flash memory!
Please test your device to ensure you have the advertised capacity. Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device. Please send any addressing information you have on the seller, this information is important.
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. Help rescue them. Check positive feedback for a fake flash seller and send messages to warn. Just state facts, ask them to test. You can only send up to 5 messages a day. Save another person from a fake flash nightmare and potential data loss.
- Help educate others on the problem of upgraded memory, hacked flash chips. You can now share this article on Facebook,StumbleUpon,Digg and Reddit, buttons are at the bottom.
- Want to about about investigating? Take the Fake Flash Memory Inspector 101 course. If you read it all, you graduate!
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.
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September 4th, 2011 – we have 1 eBay listings confirmed fake.
The models sold under the eBay seller gaston3233 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 gaston3233, 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:
- 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.
- 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:
PayPal Transaction Number
- Ebay Item Number
- Date Of PayPal Transaction
- Date Of eBay Item Listing
- Your eBayer Id
- Cite eBay Seller gaston3233
- The results from your testing with H2testw 1.4
- 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.