Disappearing Fake Flash Memory Sellers On eBay – An eBay Mystery for 32 64 128 And 256 GB Flash Memory.
Are flash memory sellers of fraudulent capacity and counterfeits disappearing into thin air? On eBay they are. One minute listings are pouring out, snapped up by eager eBay buyers but only a few days later, nothing. There is no evidence the seller existed, no residual traces of listings to be found on the internet. Is this unusual?
In Asia, eBay sellers persist in listing counterfeit usb flash drives advertised at 32GB 64GB 128GB and 256GB. Most are Kingston and Sony usb branded flash memory pen sticks. Some fakes are obvious either by price or because they were never made by the brand names they sport.
Recently, FakeFlashMemory escalated in reporting suspect sellers, issuing a call on the internet for buyers to test their arriving merchandise. Just to be sure, they did not acquire a dangerous false capacity usb drive, one that leads to data loss.
In a few short days, over 100 warnings were issued. Members in the investigative branch of the FrankenFlash project began reporting sellers vanishing as soon as posts reached the internet. Not only that, everything previously found for seller ids vanished too..
Someone or something is busy sweeping up. Who or what might that be? Do you know?
Fortunately FrankenFlash investigators are disciplined and document. While all traces of the eBay listings disappeared on the internet, the FakeFlashMemory team made sure it was not gone for good.
All of these sellers vanished:
Most were involved in selling fake counterfeit Kingston Technologies and Sony products. Both companies have been increasing pressure on eBay as the sale of these items adversely affects their reputation. The ids were also young ids with low score nor no score feedback, easy targets for eBay to suspend.
Did you buy from of these sellers? Did you finalize the transaction(s) for the item(s) you bid on and pay for them?
While eBay may have suspended the sellers and removed all information from the internet, the burning question everyone has at the project:
Did eBay refund you in full for the items you bid on and paid for? This includes any shipping and handling charges if the seller added it to your invoice.
Investigators usually capture the listings early, there is no time to revisit and watch the counts go up for buy now listings. It is also a little too depressing – to see just how many eBay members let themselves be taken.
For every fake flash memory seller suspended, two new ones pop up to take it’s place. It keeps the sentinel team and independent patrollers in over drive.
A lot of buy now listings still reach 100 to 200+ items sold. It adds up to a lot of buyers. Some might be laggards in paying but most are so excited, they pay immediately hoping the items will arrive soon.
These recent vanishing eBay sellers sold a lot of items. They probably did not have time to process or send any of the merchandise out. They most likely received the money from PayPal and ran to the bank? Since eBay shut these sellers down so fast, they could just as easily have requested PayPal put a hold on the sellers funds.
Its unclear at the moment, whether eBay not only made the sellers and listings vanish but is also busy contacting buyers to refund them. The FrankenFlash project has been fighting not only fake flash memory sellers but eBay and PayPal too. PayPal for being determined to not refund buyers and ebay for refusing to stop the sale of fake flash memory technology and set up strict guidelines for sales in this product category.
So from experience, all groups are pretty jaded about whether eBay is attempting to turn over a new leaf and refund all buyers of the sellers they ‘disappeared’.
For the record, here are some of the listings the sixteen sellers sold:
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