toomanyles572 – Did You Buy From This eBay Seller? Emergency Consumer Warning.

Posted on September 6, 2009 by

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eBay seller toomanyles572 is offering usb Thumb Drive Flash Memory Pen Sticks at amazing prices. Cheap! One of the best Bargains on eBay. $15 US for 16GB!

SOSFakeFlash notified Fake Flash News they suspect this seller is dumping false capacity usb flash drives with alarming speed – they are declaring an emergency consumer warning. If you bought a pen drive from this seller you are at at risk. SOSFakeFlash advises you to test immediately! Do not use any penstick purchased from toomanyles572 to store your data unless you can confirm you received the advertised capacity.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device it is Urgent!

At issue are the prices offered for 16GB advertised capacity, less then $15 US. The models being offered are those SOSFakeFlash frequently encounter in their investigations. The number sold by toomanyles572 is alarming.

Recently many eBay fake flash sellers in the Orient have been shutdown by SOSFakeFlash and eBay victims working together. It appears fake flash sellers are banning together as a collective under this ID, a temporary solution to continue selling.

The cost of nand flash storage chips used in usb pensticks and other items such as memory cards and MP Players is rising in 2009 due to large volume orders by known brand names and FAB’s reducing production to clear existing surplus inventory. There is a fixed cost in creating a quality nand flash chip and no one intends to offer them at a loss.

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The only only real surplus of available flash nand storage chips are the low capacities no one wants anymore, they are cheap. These chips provide the steady supply for fake usb pen drives.

They are digitally altered through reprogramming to lie about their real size to operating systems. With the right software you can change a 2GB chip to appear 8GB, 16GB, 32GB or any size you desire. Flaws in certain usb controller chips are exploited. According to InspectorTech, there is little need to update the FixFakeFlash site. Why? The vendor chips on file are always those used for fakes. When the true capacity is exceeded for a fake, consumers begin to lose their data. It can not be recovered. The files are not copied to the pen drive, only information about the file is.

eBay is patrolling more actively. Too many complaints received from eBay members who received fakes. According to SOSFakeFlash these fraudulent sellers based the Orient are adapting, compensating for eBay shutting down their id’s more swiftly. Many are no longer generating individual listings for items, instead they are using Buy Now with multiple item listings. This way they stay under the radar.

It also allows them to let eBay think they are actually cleaning up the problem. The number of listings appearing are less. Little does eBay know about the vast quantities sold under these innocent appearing listings. They do their best to keep eBay happy ignorant of the their actions.

SOSFakeFlash as a rule will not publish unless they have investigated and have evidence. They contacted us for assistance given the severity and on the advise of their most experienced Fake Flash hunters.

toomanyles572’s recent and current listings:

“Hello Kitty 32GB USB 2.0 Speicherstick Neu
Hello Kitty 32GO Clé USB 2.0 Pen Drive Neuf”
32GB Hello Kitty 2.0 USB Drive Flash Memory Stick New
16GB USB 2.0 Flash Memory 16G Pen Stick Thumb Drive A
16GB USB 2.0 Flash Memory 16G Pen Stick Thumb Drive A
NEW 16GB USB 2.0 Thumb Drive Flash Memoy Pen Stick C
NEW 16GB USB 2.0 Thumb Drive Flash Memoy Pen Stick D
NEW 16GB USB 2.0 Thumb Drive Flash Memoy Pen Stick E
NEW 16GB USB 2.0 Thumb Drive Flash Memoy Pen Stick F
NEW 16GB USB 2.0 Thumb Drive Flash Memoy Pen Stick
NEW 16GB USB 2.0 Thumb Drive Flash Memoy Pen Stick
NEW 16GB USB 2.0 Thumb Drive Flash Memoy Pen Stick
NEW 16GB USB 2.0 Thumb Drive Flash Memoy Pen Stick
NEW 16GB USB 2.0 Thumb Drive Flash Memoy Pen Stick G

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RescueEbayFakeFlashVictimsPlease test any item purchased from toomanyles572 immediately. Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Leave immediate negative feedback if you have a fake. SOSFakeFlash asks that you put “SOSFakeFlash” and “H2testw” as part of your feedback comment along with the real size. If you received a false capacity item from toomanyles572, warn others who purchased from the seller. Advise them of what you received, warn them to test. You may only send a maximum of 5 messages a day.

SOSFakeFlash feels that toomanyles572 has done a great deal of damage. They can not issue an official alert unless buyers report in with the necessary information.

TechReporters reviewed the information presented by SOSFakeFlash and supports the assessment of eBay seller toomanyles572.

Furthermore, we would like to say it very clear that major conduit for these false capacity items are coming from eBay sellers based in the Orient. As eBay steps up to try and control the problem, they adapt and become more clever. They do not intend to stop. They will move those low capacity chips. The Oriental sellers do not feel they are not doing harm. If they do, they just do not care about the consequences to consumers and the data they lose. It is not their data being lost. The buy now prices they offer are usually in line with the chip size in these usb flash drives plus a modest profit. Their attitude is “You get what you pay for“.

Naive consumers will fall prey to these sellers as they do not know what the cost of nand flash chips are.

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