Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Warning - fake SanDisk memory cards on eBay


I ordered a SanDisk Extreme IV compact flash card on eBay recently and received a fake. I immediately suspected it was a wrong 'un and a quick call to SanDisk confirmed the fact. I then raised a dispute in PayPal which allowed me to claim my money back. The card on the left in the picture above is genuine, the card on the right fake. Although the poorly cropped sticker on the front of the latter is a giveaway in this case, SanDisk advise that a more reliable way of identifying a genuine card is that all four corners of the metallic inlay should be rounded - subtle but clearly observable in the picture above. Caveat emptor!

4 comments:

Sander said...

Having the same problem, contacted to sandisk but they haven't responded yet. How long did it take to you to get the answer from Sandisk? Did you call them or did you send an email?

David said...

Hi Sander,

I called them. All SanDisk can do is help confirm if it is a fake. If it is, you'll need to challenge the seller.

Yours,

David

Wedding Photographer Essex said...

i have one of these too. I had a good suspicion it would be a fake before it even turned up - 12 quid?!
Still, it seems to work fine. Even though its pretty slow. Great Blog by the way.

David said...

Thanks for the feedback.

I've heard that these fake cards have a high failure rate - not one to have in your camera at a wedding!

Yours,

David