Did You Buy a 16GB USB Flash Drive From guruelectronics On Ebay Recently?

Posted on February 15, 2009 by

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If you bought a 16GB USB Flash Drive from eBay seller guruelectronics you are advised to test it immediately to find out if you received the advertised capacity of 16GB. Please see H2testw 1.4 – Gold Standard In Detecting USB Counterfeit Drives for information on testing and to download the software. It appears that the suspect model is actually a 2GB drive and not 16GB. To use it is to risk data loss.

SOSFakeFlash informed TechReporters guruelectronics sent a threatening email of protest on February 12th, 2009 stating he has not sold any false capacity usb flash drives. SOSFakeFlash never releases an alert without supporting data. The FrankenFlash Project was informed immediately. SOSFakeFlash is expected to release more details soon. SOSFakeFlash resists publishing the output from H2testw in their alerts to ensure buyers provide independent results.

Update: February 15th, 2009 – Originally released:

For a seller protesting innocence, SOSFakeFlash said guruelectronics did something extremely odd. Access to the suspect listing:

New 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Memory Stick Pen Drive 16 GB G (#180311915778)

is no longer available. Any eBayer who wishes to review the listing on their won list or in feedback will suddenly find it gone. All other items sold, are available for inspection. You the reader, may draw your own conclusions.

SOSFakeFlash has informed Techreporters that it was eBay who removed access to this listing.  It was not removed by the ebay seller operating under the id of guruelectronics. As the investigation continues, SOSFakeFlash received evidence to support this.  It appears that a victim of this seller asked eBay why the listing no longer appeared.  See: Investigation On Seller Using eBay Id guruelectronics Continues At SOSFakeFlash

As the listings can no longer be inspected or the images for the drives viewed, on behalf of SOSFakeFlash we are presenting them here:

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These drives have been tested by eBay members. It appears they are 2GB drives, not 16GB! They have been digitally altered to appear 16GB to the operating system. This is not a defective drive. It is not “broken”. Should your testing indicate you have a 2GB drive and not the advertised 16GB:

  1. Do not use this drive to store data – it is not safe. It will only hold about 1.9GB of information and you will lose any information beyond 1.9GB.
  2. File a dispute immediately against the seller with Paypal.
  3. Modify your feedback to indicate you purchased a fake (false capacity). If you are unable to do this because the seller pulled the listing, write to ebay and let them know how you feel about what this seller has done. Feel free to leave a comment at SOSFakeFlash or here.
  4. Report your fake to add into evidence against this seller at Report A Fake

Refunding a buyer does not absolve a seller from having sold such dangerous items to a users data. An honest seller tests his merchandise and if he discovers he has offered a false capacity usb drive, he removes listings immediately, contacts all buyers for the item, explains what happened, apologizes and refunds every single buyer, in full. Do eBay sellers do this? According to SOSFakeFlash, the honest ones do, no matter how difficult or what the cost is to them. And SOSFakeFlash says, you will never see an alert having been issued against such sellers. There is no need.

The FrankenFlash Project has a remarkable reputation for being fair. The groups do, however, exercise zero tolerance for sellers of false capacity items on eBay – unless they can demonstrate seller victim status. SOSFakeFlash intends to reveal why this seller could never claim such a status. The recent action of guruelectronics removing access to listings for this model only increases the evidence against him.

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