The best prices for Kingston Data Traveler 200 128GB flash drives? Prices range from $10 to $510 US. The lowest discounted price for genuine ones, TechReporters found on March 20, 2010 was $376 US. Can you buy them cheaper? Of course you can.
Here are some of the good prices for genuine DT200/128GB:
Kingston Technologies Direct $547 US
Kingston Preferred Partners:
Amazon.Com $375.83 US
Buy.Com $437.37 US
we found on 20100320,
You will find them on eBay for a lot less. Some times as little as $26 US. Generally the prices range from about $50 US to $150 US.
Does this mean you should buy on eBay instead?
Why not? Isn’t eBay the place to get the greatest deals at the best prices?
But not for flash memory products. Especially not for Kingston Technology DT200 flash drives. The sellers we mentioned, sell the real genuine items at true capacity. On eBay you are likely to buy a fake if you spend less then the prices quoted above.
So what if the DT200 flash drives on eBay are fakes and not the real ones made by Kingston, they are a good deal and a better price, aren’t they?
Why Not, why pay $400 US for a DT200 128GB when you can buy a fake one on eBay for only $75 US?
You are not going to get 128GB capacity. If lucky, perhaps 8 GB, not 128GB. In most cases you will receive 4GB or 2GB. It is naive to assume you can have 128 GB worth of memory chips for $75 US in a flash drive. What do you pay for a 1 GB or 2 GB RAM chip to increase the memory of your computer? The technology is similar.
Low grade class C and D flash memory chips, factory rejects that fail testing in sizes of 2GB, 4GB and 8GB are digitally altered to pretend they are 128 GB and are used in these items. They fool quick inspection by operating systems.
It is amazing to see just how many sellers use the properties in windows to show the drive is actually 128GB and offer it as proof. The only accurate fool proof test, is to use the free software H2testw to test the capacity of the flash drive storage chip(s).
In many cases you don’t even have to test the usb flash drive. Read: Kingston USB Flash Drives. How To Check You Have A Genuine One And Not A Counterfeit – Easy Guide. Kingston Technologies Fighting To Protect Consumers And Itself From Counterfeits.
Data will be lost once the real size of the flash storage chip is exceeded in these drives, the fake ones sold on eBay. You will lose more than just money.
So how can people sell DT200 128GB flash drives on eBay and make a lot of money?
Import fakes from Chinese internet sites in the Orient.
How cheap can you buy them?
Have a look at prices found for wholesale internet sites in the Orient in the last week:
If you can buy a DT200 128GB flash drive from an wholesale internet site for only $10 US, then you can sell them on eBay for only $25 US and still make a profit. If you sell them for $150 US, imagine your profit. Small wonder so many fakes flood eBay. Invest 120.90 US, sell at $50 US and your sales before eBay fees is $500 US. If eBay and PayPal charge you $5 US in fees, you make $32.10 US per unit sold. Do you know of any other product that can bring such high returns for such a small investment? Now invest $1290 US for 100 units, and sell for $50 US each, your net profit is $3,200 US.
There is good reason why SOSFakeFlash issued:
The increase in false capacity usb flash drives is growing on eBay, not decreasing despite the efforts of many. SOSFakeFlash says it is a crises.
TechReporters at FakeFlashNews agree.
Fraudulent sellers on eBay are smart. They know every defect and flaw eBay has. They exploit them. Meanwhile eBay members continue to pay the price.
Before anyone thinks selling fake DT200 128GB or 256GB flash drives on eBay is a way to make quick money or to solve their financial problems, read what one seller had to say:
Sellers need to research their product, understand the true market prices for flash memory items they want to sell on eBay. SOSFakeFlash, FakeMemorySentinel, FlashDriveFacts, all report too many eBay sellers do not do their homework. They are naive and only dream of the unbelievable profit. The FrankenFlash project observes eBay busy racing to remove listings and sellers, but not racing to warn and refund buyers. Is it difficult to detect fake Kingston DT200 flash drives being sold on eBay? No. FakeFlashNews hopes this guide helps. FlashDriveFacts will be adding new DT200 fakes to the catalogue this week, they were found on eBay.
To send a message the project has launched Operation Fake Flash Storm.
Will eBay be paying attention and accept the challenge to address the issue of Kingston DT200 fake usb flash drives and other false capacity memory items sold there?