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Old February 4th, 2011, 08:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Beware! Fake MicroSD cards...

I know it has been touched on in many other threads (i wish i would have known before ordering) but i am taking a direct approach to possible save others some grief.

Perhaps it is common knowledge or perhaps not. regardless, i was unaware which means at least some people might not know. There are loads of fake Micro SD cards floating around. typically ebay. Basically they take a 2gb or so and manipulate the code a little bit to make your computer/phone see it as a 32gb card. usually.

I ordered a 32gb class 4 Micro SDHC card of a 99.8% positive feedback seller on ebay. i picked it up for $46 plus $4 shipping. seemed pretty reasonable and not too good to be true. currently a Patriot 32gb Class 10 is $109 on frys.com so logic would allow a class 4 to run about $50.

when i received my card, i copied over some files from my old 8gb and popped it into my Dinc. My phone however failed to see it. i attempted to format the card through my phone wondering if that was the problem. my phone appeared to do nothing, so when i popped the card back into my PC it said i needed to format the disk in order to use it. the only size partition i could make was an 8mb. this raised some red flags so i turned to google.

Did i mention it was a Sandisk in the package? but when i scanned the barcode with my lovely little phone it showed the sku was for a sandisk 2gb card priced at about 8 bucks.

perhaps i should have done a bit more research before jumping at a soon closing auction.

long story short:

BEWARE OF PHONY SD CARDS!

i suggest only buying from reputable sites.



just curious, anybody else experience the same scam?

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Old February 4th, 2011, 09:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i got scammed. actually in the process right now. Bought a 32G kingston which really only held 3G of actually data. Opened an ebay case up. Seller wants me to pay to ship back for full refund, which really wouldn't be full since i'd be out of the money paid for shipping.
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I have never shopped on Ebay for this very reason.

I'm sure there are plenty of reputable sellers, but I don't want to take any chances.
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This was actually the only bad experience i ever had on ebay and i buy there all the time. i bought an 8G weeks before i got my 32 and it works just fine. But this will be the last time i shop outside the U.S
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When buying mSD one shall never buy it from eBay with all the notorious Chinese fakes. Far as Patriot class 10 card goes go buy that from NewEgg they selling for $99 and I can verify its true and the best mSD for that price, I ordered it soon after they put on listing.
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This has been my first bad situation with ebay as well. And I was pretty confident, the seller was from Mississippi not Hong Kong. The worst part is the seller deleted her ebay account. So I had to open a case against an account that no longer exists. Brilliant.
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This has been my first bad situation with ebay as well. And I was pretty confident, the seller was from Mississippi not Hong Kong. The worst part is the seller deleted her ebay account. So I had to open a case against an account that no longer exists. Brilliant.
if you're case was recent it might be the same guy i'm dealing with lol...scammers suck
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This has been my first bad situation with ebay as well. And I was pretty confident, the seller was from Mississippi not Hong Kong. The worst part is the seller deleted her ebay account. So I had to open a case against an account that no longer exists. Brilliant.
yikes, im from Miss, lol, hope you don't think ill of all of us...i too bought a good deal 32gb micro sdhc card that turned out to be a Chinese ripoff, decided it was a stupid tax and wrote it off and only do biz with USA sellers myself.
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The worst part is the seller deleted her ebay account. So I had to open a case against an account that no longer exists. Brilliant.
Actually that was probably in your favor. I had this happen as well and once the 7 days for the seller to respond were up it was like a "not contest" for eBay. They refunded me no further questions asked. Got two keep the two cards that I bought. One 32gb card held about 8 gigs, the other wasn't even readable.

It really is too bad that places like Best Buy don't sell the 32gb cards. I don't really like ordering things like this online.
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If you order from people reputable then you don't have to worry. Why do you people buy BS and when you get scammed then you blame it on the web? Buy it from place like NewEgg for example if something goes wrong its covered by RMA and original manufactures warranty. You know as they say if its too good to be true it probably isn't.
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I ordered a 32gb class 4 Micro SDHC card of a 99.8% positive feedback seller on ebay.
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perhaps i should have done a bit more research before jumping at a soon closing auction.

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i suggest only buying from reputable sites. ...
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If you order from people reputable then you don't have to worry. Why do you people buy BS and when you get scammed then you blame it on the web?
"you people"? Says more about you than about the people you're referring to.

Fact is the original poster noted that this seller had 99.8% positive feedback. A bit more research may or may not have helped.

I always check the feedback - less than 99.6, I'm extra careful if I even consider it. And I try to go with "top rated sellers." Also check how long they've been operating - long-term sellers with good feedback are not likely to just disappear.

Check out the seller's ID page also - I saw sd cards supposedly shipped from US but seller's location was China.

Other tips - I only purchase from US sellers because I feel I have more recourse if I run into problems (not to mention the fact that I'm impatient and don't want to wait for international shipping). And I only use AmEx on my PayPal account.l

I had a bad experience (bought software advertised as latest version that turned out to be 2 years old with 2 newer versions out) and neither ebay nor paypal would deal with it. Disputed it with AmEx and got full credit.

You have to vigilant if you buy on ebay but still the scammers can get one over on you. It truly is a buyer beware situation. And actually, if it sounds too good to be true, it is, (not the case based on what the OP said, but good advice)
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I suppose it is also worth noting that there is also the chance of simply receiving a defective product. If the seller/vendor is willing to exchange it, then no harm no foul. It is one of the inconveniences with buying electronics online. If it is defective you are stuck with having to ship it back. The way I see it, the shipping charge should be the consumers. The local Best Buy won't pay your for your gas/time to come back to the store and exchange the defective product for a working one. Furthermore, you are almost certainly saving far more than what you would have spent in a big box store if you purchase online.
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If you order from people reputable then you don't have to worry. Why do you people buy BS and when you get scammed then you blame it on the web? Buy it from place like NewEgg for example if something goes wrong its covered by RMA and original manufactures warranty. You know as they say if its too good to be true it probably isn't.
Two things my friend...
1) This isn't a thread of complaint, but rather information. Nobody is BLAMING the web for anything.

2) NEWEGG has burned me before. Know how? I had to send out a serial to get the deadline for my RAM mail in rebate in time. Low and behold, just shy of 30 dyas, one of the ssticks turns up bad. They wouldn't honor an exchange due to the fact that I didn't have the UPC on the box. (I was able to get it swapped by the manufacturer which took longer and more paperwork, but that is beside the point. Newegg simply refused to help me).

Do not confuse this with me complaining about NewEgg, but rather providing you with some information. Most of the time things go well on NewEgg. If the seller in question had a 99%+ rating on eBay, it would seem that MOST OF THE TIME things go well with them too.
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if you're case was recent it might be the same guy i'm dealing with lol...scammers suck
just received it late last week.

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Actually that was probably in your favor. I had this happen as well and once the 7 days for the seller to respond were up it was like a "not contest" for eBay. They refunded me no further questions asked.
somehow eBay got a hold of them. the seller offered me a refund if i shipped back the card post-marked by feb 7th. i received the email after business hours on feb 4th. shipping at my expense.

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I suppose it is also worth noting that there is also the chance of simply receiving a defective product.
definately not, i scanned the bar code on the box, or rather envelope type sleeve it came in, and it came up as a 2gb card.



so i shipped the card back today, hopefully i'll get refunded. and then it was only a $2.50 mistake. Bottom line, ebay makes me very impulsive, i usually do more researching. but the clock was ticking...
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yeah they wanted me to send mine back too but i said no cause i still would stand to lose money shipping it back. If they pay for shipping back then i will send it but i'm not about to be out of 20 bucks and not have any product.
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definately not, i scanned the bar code on the box, or rather envelope type sleeve it came in, and it came up as a 2gb card.


It's worth clarifying that I wasn't speaking specifically to your case, but to cases on eBay. Many people like to condemn eBay sales. Hell many people also like condemning a product just because they got unlucky and it arrived DOA. I was simply pointing out that it should be ruled out before making accusations. Again, not necessarily YOU, but others.
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Just my 2 cents. Never buy anything from China. I got burned on some headphones and an adapter(the adapter worked for a while then quit). The headphones actually shocked me when I was working out. I contacted the seller who asked me to send them back to China which I did. They denied receiving them and then it was too late to open a claim on ebay. Lesson learned. I have purchased many things on ebay with never an issue. But the two times I bought from Hong Kong, I got faulty merchandise. Buyer beware!
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I have had both good and bad luck with ordering from China. I only order things that are inexpensive and always expect them to be garbage. Usually it is cheap, but not always total garbage. For things that don't matter, things I don't have to rely on and novelties that can only be found in the orient. China is fine. But not for electronics.
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Moved post to here, where it was more applicable.
The long and short of it is - read comments, don't believe 'too good to be true' unless it's going to cost you next to nothing. Like everyone else above said, lol.

( Are replacement batterys good quality? )
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got full refund without having to ship back... go eBay! boo chinese fakes
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got mine from amazon. real scandisk 32gg for 49.00
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Really? That's a great deal. Too bad eBay wouldn't give me a refund.
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got mine from amazon. real scandisk 32gg for 49.00
This is truly the best way to go. After going thru about 4 fake cards, I paid the extra $ to get one from Amazon. That first card from Amazon is now in my Droid 2 and packed with 29GB of music!

Learn from my waste of time. Amazon for mem cards.
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Ddid it ship through amazon or was it on amazon through another seller?
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I never knew about this. Good thing I never bought one then, I was actually planning on buying one off eBay next week. Thanks for the heads up. Maybe I'll just stick with a local store.
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Does a fake card give the error "SD Card unexpectedly removed"?

I started a post in the HTC Legend subforum here while trying to figure out the problem with a 16GB card. But as I mentioned in that post, my laptop reports the card as 16GB and I used a SD card checker program to verify both the size and write speed.

I can't believe it cold be faked that well.
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Does a fake card give the error "SD Card unexpectedly removed"?

I started a post in the HTC Legend subforum here while trying to figure out the problem with a 16GB card. But as I mentioned in that post, my laptop reports the card as 16GB and I used a SD card checker program to verify both the size and write speed.

I can't believe it cold be faked that well.
your laptop was tricked too. my computer would write 10GB of stuff, or appear to, then when i ran a check for corrupted files, 8GB were unreadable. You got a fake
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i attempted to format my fake in my phone, it locked up my phone, so i pulled the battery and popped the fake in my compy and after the crashed format the card read 8MB.
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Staples is selling 4GB mirco SD's for $10.00 no joke. I got mine.
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how do I get pictures from my Dinc to laptop? drive g and f appear when I use usb cable from phone to laptop but it keeps asking me to put a disk in drive f or g. I thought it was supposed to pop up "copy from to"...tks
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enable USB Debugging, select mount as disk drive on your phone when you plug it in. navigate to DCIM>100MEDIA and all of your goodies should be there. if you save your pictures to your SD card like you should they will be on that drive, if you save them to your phone they will be on the removable drive that is your phone.
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I bought mine from eBay and its just fine. You just have to ask the right questions to the seller. Make sure you also test it before you use it. I use h2testw. It writes files to the card until its full. By doing this you can see the real write speed and then when it verifies you can also see the test speed. Only putting a few files on here or there doesnt show the actual read/write speeds.
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if you do decide to risk it and buy through ebay, and you do get a fake, ebay class it as counterfit, so in the uk anyway its illegal to actually send it back, your supposed to hand it in to a police station or destroy it. put that in the first email to ebay and you'll get an immediate refund, i got stung a little while ago
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The only problem is how to define a conterfeit? Just because it doesn't work doesn't automatically mean it's conterfeit right? I got a pair of these that I am reasonably certain are counterfeit, but only because neither works. As far as just looks, I'd challenge anyone to tell the difference between my product and the real one. I guess all I am saying is try and be fair to the seller and contact them first. The last thing a seller should have to deal with is buyers hitting them as a counterfiet salesperson. Products do malfunction.
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they do make a program that tests SD cards. its on the SD community website.... i think its the SD formatter. thats a good way to test it.
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I was always nervous about the thought ob eBay and SD cards. Almost have bought in the pst, but didn't. I will still stay away.

I recently had my first eBay scam. I bought a 'brand new, sealed' Blu-ray of the second season of Weeds. The lady had 100% feedback (well over 100). Turned out to be homemade, labels were stickers and the menu only had the choice to play on it. Interestingly enough when I contacted her saying there was something funny about the Blu-ray she instantly refunded my money and told me to keep it since she got refunded for a bad batch she bought. Then she wanted me to give her positive feedback. I didn't and contacted eBay anyway, I hate when people try and pull that crap.
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I came across this article on an Indian site. Of course this based on the Indian markets but I am sure this rubbish is being sold world wide. Anyway its good to know how not get duped

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We’re definitely no strangers to counterfeit and fake products. In today’s world, it’s become commonplace to see an ‘Appal’ phone, here and a ‘Nipe’ shoe there. Piracy and cheap fake counterfeits have percolated into each and every segment of the market, so much so that there are extremely high chances that there’s a fake to every original product you’ve seen in the market.

Fake memory cards out there ? Don't be fooled
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Bumping this thread for all to see. Because the OP does have some good advice here, and there's an ever increasing number of counterfeit SDs around, especially from Ebay apparently.
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This thread is quite shocking though I also got scammed in the past not only once but countless. And with the countless scam I had been through I make it a habit to post my questions on reputable forum sites before jumping into great offers online. Another thing, if I can just buy the same item on the local shop, I preferred going there by myself and buy it. Losing some money is not really a big deal, its what you feel inside that is hard to handle.
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This thread is quite shocking though I also got scammed in the past not only once but countless. And with the countless scam I had been through I make it a habit to post my questions on reputable forum sites before jumping into great offers online. Another thing, if I can just buy the same item on the local shop, I preferred going there by myself and buy it. Losing some money is not really a big deal, its what you feel inside that is hard to handle.

Losing your irreplaceable photos and videos can be big deal, and can be very hard to handle. All you see is just file-names, but no photos or videos. NOT recoverable, because they're just not there. We've had a few posts along those lines recently, that's why I bumped this thread, to bring this issue to attention and try save any heartbreak and anguish.
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I know it has been touched on in many other threads (i wish i would have known before ordering) but i am taking a direct approach to possible save others some grief.

Perhaps it is common knowledge or perhaps not. regardless, i was unaware which means at least some people might not know. There are loads of fake Micro SD cards floating around. typically ebay. Basically they take a 2gb or so and manipulate the code a little bit to make your computer/phone see it as a 32gb card. usually.
It must be chip manufacturers(fabs) producing these things. I don't think you can just set up in a shed somewhere making or doctoring flash chips. It's not like fake Gucci handbags or something, it's highly specialised, you need clean rooms and very expensive machinery. But then with organised crime and corruption, anything is possible.
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I am blown away at the counterfeit items on eBay. I know they have millions of sellers worldwide and can't check every auction or it is hard to tell... so we as buyers need to report these people right away.
I recently purchased a "SAMSUNG... OEM... AUTHENTIC..." back cover plate for my Note 2 & it was fake. Like NFC not working fake...
When I pressed him hard, he admitted it was not authentic but an "aftermarket OEM". Seems like that's the new wording for counterfeit.

Just don't trust eBay so much anymore... this seller is listed as a "power seller" and "top rated" with 98.8% rating. He gets positive feedback from people who don't know the difference so can continue selling fake crap.

Thanks for heads up on the SD cards- didn't think those could be affected- like last poster mikedt said, this is a specialized item that needs high tech machinery to make... but guess anything is possible... wow.

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It must be chip manufacturers(fabs) producing these things. I don't think you can just set up in a shed somewhere making or doctoring flash chips. It's not like fake Gucci handbags or something, it's highly specialised, you need clean rooms and very expensive machinery. But then with organised crime and corruption, anything is possible.
Not too sure about that. Out of touch with flash RAM but several years ago at work we had an EEPROM reprogrammer. Cost a few hundred dollars but the real cost was in the programming we wanted to put on the chip. Assuming flash memory is similar it would be relatively cheap, once you knew how to program the size, to reprogram memory chips.
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Is it possible they are buying low capacity cards and just re-labeling them? Seems much easier than trying to manufacture them..
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Is it possible they are buying low capacity cards and just re-labeling them? Seems much easier than trying to manufacture them..
Honestly, anything's possible. For them, it's likely about making money which would mean it would cost them less to buy a bunch of low capacity cards and relabel them, subsequently selling them at the price that a card of the labeled capacity would go for. Quite sad for the end user because they end up getting ripped off. It's highway robbery and it's sad.

tl;dr Only buy SD cards from reputable sources. If it seems too good to be true or sketchy, it probably is
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I had the same problem purchased a 32gb Sandisk Ultra class 10 SD card from a ebay and when I got the package I knew it was fake because the packaging was bad. It was 32gb but maybe a class 4 or something. I request for a return and got my refund right away. The sad thing is its from USA seller that is top rated power seller. Lucky for me went to Costco the next day and saw it on sale for $19.99. I use ebay to find and buy stuff all the time just got to be careful who you deal with and make sure its a USA seller.
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Hi there. My husband bought a 32gb micro sd off ebay. It was fake too.We didnt know until we use it on his birthday. I felt so disappointed because i used it on our Canon t2i camera and it was taking pictures like 5 pictures, then, on the 6th picture,i tried to review my picture to see if they were alright, but it says "corrupted file" ! I was so upset. That was very special occasion and no pictures can be opened at all! THe sad thing is, my husband bought 2 of those micro sd cards because it was such a good deal. I dont usually post stuff like this but i want to help out other people that are planning to buy one . Dont settle for less! Make sure it's a genuine product. I would recommend buying at from local stores. We bought a sandisk from walmart. And it work like a champ! I wish we read this before we waisted money buying two crappy micro sd cards we bought off from ebay. Lesson learned.
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That's why it's hard for me to buy things online especially from Ebay. I always buy from local stores and get things tested before I hand them my money.
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Never mind ebay, how about Amazon? Do you guys know that anybody can create a merchant account and sell "similar" item just by adding it to legitimate listing? You have to be VERY careful which seller you actually buying it from.

I got burned as well with my 32GB micro-sd card. Got it back in Dec of last year from Amazon. I thought it was a legitimate Sandisk card. 3 months later it started with mounting/un-mounting file cycle. It was driving me crazy. I was able to read the card through adapter on my laptop, but it was flaky on the phone. SanDisk has fantastic tech support. I sent them my Amazon receipt to create RMA. They did ask me to read a code off the back of the card, which to my surprise was missing. I took zoom-in pictures of the card and sent those to Sandisk. They created RMA and asked me to send it back to them for replacement. Got my replacement a few week later, directly from SanDisk, and it had code scribbled on the back (thus a legitimate card). I'm glad they were able to replace it, but it also looks like I got a fake one from Amazon. So be very careful who is the actual seller, and always keep a back up of your card content!!!
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