eBay Gives Top Seller Ratings To 16GB 32GB Fake Flash Memory Sellers Assisting Fraud. Newest Awards to alice_daphne_a_123 and crispspring149.

Posted on October 18, 2009 by


Buying 16GB or 32GB flash memory items such as usb flash drives, memory cards or mp3 mp4 players on eBay is difficult. Over 90% of the items sold, are fakes – false capacity. The chips in these devices have been manipulated to lie about their true size. Progress in raising awareness among eBay members is slow but buyers are scrutinizing seller feedback and reading details for listings more carefully in an attempt to avoid purchasing fake flash memory items.

Unfortunately a number of fake flash memory sellers are receiving top seller ratings from eBay. This is being exploited by the sellers and gives a false sense of reassurance to buyers. The sellers involved frequently use multiple item listings, sell in volume and hide the listings under private auctions. Add a top seller rating from eBay and you have a lethal combination for fraud. Together, it creates more victims in a shorter period of time then anything previously observed in the last 20 months of study.

Three sellers investigated by SOSFakeFlash received the Top Seller Status from eBay: silviajune, alice_daphne_a_123, crispspring149.

Previously silviajune earned it:

silviajune eBay Fake Flash Seller Earns eBay’s Top Rated Seller Rating For Selling Fake Capacity USB Flash Drives You need only look at the legacy of silviajune’s negative and neutral feedback to see the documented result.

eBay gave this award to: alice_daphne_a_123, crispspring149.


alice daphne a 123-TopRatedEbaySeller

SOSFakeFlash has issued an alert on alice_daphne_a_123: alice_daphne_a_123 Ebay Fake Flash Memory Seller High Alert Devious – China



and what is the price crispspring149 charges for 32GB?

crispspring149 - Only 19 99US

Consumers and eBay need to read: How Can You Spot Fake Flash Memory Chips? What Is the Key Factor That Determines If MP3 MP4 Players, USB Flash Drives Or Memory Cards Are Fake Capacity? then follow up by reading: Flash Memory Prices Are Rising In 2009 – Up To 25% Since April 2009. Danger Of Grade C and D Being Used In False Capacity MP Players, USB Flash Drives And Memory Cards.

SOSFakeFlash has issued an alert on crispspring149:crispspring149 Ebay Fake Flash Memory Seller High Alert Devious – China

eBay Top Seller Status:

  • No eBay seller should qualify for a top seller rating for flash memory products if they use private auction listings for items offered or sold for less then $150 US.
  • No eBay seller should earn this rating for flash memory products, unless they have sold them for over 9 months on an on going basis and managed to maintain feedback free from any keywords of “fake”, “hacked” or “counterfeit”.

By allowing these sellers to sport a top seller rating, eBay has aided directly in the creation of more fake flash memory victims. As such, eBay has the obligation to contact every buyer for these sellers, to advise them they are at risk to loose data files and refund them.

eBay has not demonstrated a will to address the issue of fake flash memory being sold on eBay, or engage in preventative measures to reduce the possibility of sellers being able to sell counterfeit and false capacity memory items.

eBay has demonstrated a fiendish attention to persecuting many who warn others and or create auction listings providing information on the problem on eBay.

Objective? To prevent the sale of fake flash memory items? No. To remove the evidence such listings ever existed.

When eBay suspends a seller they can remove the sellers listings – including the entire listing trail from when the seller started. These young id’s have usually sold anywhere from 300+ to 3000+ items in a very short period of time, often in less than three to four weeks. The action of removing is not in the interest of frauded buyers but eBay. Members are left stranded with no listing information to consult when their fake memory item arrives.

In granting Top Seller ratings to eBay sellers for flash memory products – eBay has encouraged the fraud to continue, to allow the number of victims to rise. No effort is made by eBay to review a seller for this status or to inspect the merchandise being sold. eBay is on autopilot – no one at the controls.