Three important articles you should read:
A lot of people make the mistake in thinking flash memory is something that is supposed to become cheaper all the time. Nothing is further from the truth.
Here are the job descriptions, the ways people fight back against fake flash memory sellers on eBay. There are different styles and ways, something to suit everyone’s personality and abilities.
- How Are People Fighting Against Fake Memory MP Players, USB Flash Drives And Memory Cards? eBay And The Internet.
As progress continues, the battle becomes nastier and more sneaky. eBay and fake flash sellers continue to pull new tricks, anything and everything to try and evade.
- 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
It means we have to try harder.
More buyers are being refunded. Listings pulled. Previous victims over the past two years have fought very hard, not only for themselves but for you. They knew more new victims would be coming to SOSFakeFlash for help and so they contributed.
There was a time eBay and PayPal just ignored victims, not any longer. Can you guess why? FIGHT BACK!
If you have been a victim of fake flash purchase(s):
Please read the category for your situation. You might want to print as your action plan.
- Internet purchase General
- Local Retailer
Internet Purchase General
If you have been able to confirm you have a counterfeit flash drive and the seller did not refund you and or the seller refused to test and respond to you with the results (confirming your fake or denying there is an issue, note: a counterfeit drive is not defective – it has been digitally altered – reprogrammed to lie about it’s size) – please report the internet site and seller to your local law authorities and to the law authorities in the country where the site exists (if different from yours).
If the fake is a “Brand Name” report to the Brand Name Company. Given them the name and location of the site where the counterfeit item was sold.
If you bought the flash device in a local store, it is very possible that the seller is not aware the item is a fake. Take the following steps:
1) Produce a printout of the test results from H2testw 1.4 – keep your computer text file do not delete.
2) If you have a digital camera, photograph the device, the packaging and also the sales receipt
3) Proceed to the retailer and explain that he has counterfeit drives for sale, show the output.
a) If the seller refunds you, ask him to test and remove the devices for sale. Return in a few days or have a friend return to the store to see if the items have been removed for sale.
b) If the seller refused to refund you or if the devices are still for sale a week or two later, report to the local police and present your evidence (test results, photos) and ask them to visit the retailer and to have the devices checked.
If the seller is cooperative, do not be angry – understand the seller could be a victim like you. Be helpful and suggest this site for the seller to learn more about the issue. He will need to contact his wholesaler or whomever sold him the drives. You had a battle of one or two fake flash items, he may have boxes full. Worse he may have sold many drives and could have a lot of angry customers coming soon. Advise the seller that he should refund and also to have the angry buyers visit our site. Tell the seller that he should explain that a customer warned him and so he went to this site and tested his drives learning he had been sold bad merchandise. This is why he is refunding – immediately (an apology can also make a big difference too).
Do not think all members of our groups are buyers – we have sellers working in this project – they are victims just like you see: eBay Sellers Can Be Victims – How Does This Happen? they are working side by side with buyers to fight the problem.
1. Test your drive.
2. File a Claim with Paypal
3. Report the seller to eBay
4. Report the fake to us (see report fake tab)
5. Contact eBay Buyers who bought the drive you bought – ask them to test. Tell them about this site.
6. If the seller is still listing the model do as FakeStopper suggests:
So I suggest to everyone, go to your listing which you brought and it fake, click on “report this item”, select “fraudulent listing” and select the list from there.
Do this especially when the listings are private auctions! They are in violation of eBay’s intent for the auction of this type. Search this site to understand why private auctions are so lethal and against what ebay intended them for. Fake Flash sellers are abusing them to hide their fake flash deeds.
So the more people to report the item the higher chances the seller will be stop!
You might get a sore wrist from mousing on 5 and 6 , but channel your anger and frustration to positive action. Save a few more eBayers! We need more volunteers – the number of victims just too many. If they indeed have fakes – pass the torch to them – get them to contact more eBayers and rescue them from fake flash flames. The march against fake flash began with just one person… It did not take long before others joined and now we are a project against fake flash!
Do Delight in overloading eBay with reports on the bad listings. An ice bucket of reports might get them to wake up to a seller. By reporting the listings – especially private auction ones, you will help them to zero in and focus their attention on these sellers. If you consider how many listings there are on eBay, they do need help. Oblige!
It’s time eBay started deliver what they promised….improved buyer experience. Since Spring 2008 – it more a nightmare “experience” for those who bought flash devices on eBay – anything but pleasant!
As for Paypal – expect a fight. Research this site. You might get a quick refund or you might have to put on your boxing gloves. If your seller deregistered you can still get your money back. Many of us did. Do not let them run away with your money. PayPal and eBay have to take ownership for permitting the sale of fake flash for so many years without setting proper guidelines and safe guards for this type of merchandise. All victims agree on one thing, both eBay and PayPal have earned a great deal of money allowing fake flash sellers to do business under their tent.
Did your fake flash purchase on eBay bring you misery and frustration? Data loss? Money loss? Fight back.