You wouldn’t shoot your next wedding with a card you bought from a shady street vendor would you? But can you even trust that online retailer? Can you spot the fake below?
With the explosion of devices requiring digital media cards, counterfeit memory is a very profitable business. And while marketplaces such as eBay are known to be rife with shysters looking to make a buck you can never be too safe no matter where you’re shopping. So what can you do to protect yourself?
- Don’t buy your CF cards from eBay. It’s just too risky!
- Buy from Verified online resellers: Most memory manufacturers publish a list of online retailers licensed to resell their products.
- Verify the cards you get are original by checking with the manufacturer via their customer service department.
A few excellent resources that can also help you spot a fake.
- Fake Flash News – They have a great article on How to Spot a Fake Sandisk Extreme III (source of the photo above)
- SOS Fake Flash – Toward A Fake Flash Drive Free World – No More Counterfeits – No More Data Loss
- Ebayers Against Fake Flash – FrankenFlash Project -Toward A Fake Flash Drive Free World
- Flash Drive Facts – Consumer Awareness – Flash Drive Education
- Flickr Advanced Search – type in “counterfeit” or “fake” + the brand name of your memory card.