Monday, 26 September 2011

A Bargain – Or Was It?

Not a question and answer this time, but an experience and warning.

I was recently shopping for a high capacity micro SD card
(but the same warning applies to all so-called ‘flash memory’ like other types of SD cards and USB sticks) and thought I found one with a decent price: not too low to be good, not too high to be a complete rip-off.

Well, it turned out to be a rip-off nonetheless.

There seems to be a widespread 'industry' that sells flash drives with 1 Gb capacity (or not even that) as high capacity ones. You only notice that when you use the media and start to get all kinds of bizarre error messages and apparent corruptions.

What it boils down to, is that the drive apparently has a certain capacity, but that’s only what it reports to the operating system: in reality, it has much less storage on board.

After quite a bit of research and testing to make sure that my software or hardware wasn’t failing, I stumbled upon SOS Fake Flash who have made it their mission to combat these scams, and have been doing so for several years. I wish I had discovered their site sooner...

Have a look, it’s majorly enlightening. You’ll also find information there on how to detect if indeed you have a bogus card, as well as hints on how to get your money back – or at least giving it your best shot, or to feel better by exposing the rogue sellers.

Caveat shopper; forewarned is forearmed!

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