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Old Jun 21, 2006, 10:53 PM   #1
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Can someone please educate me why memory sticks/cardson eBay are less than HALF the price compared to retailers?? I want to buy a Sony 1GB memory stick duo pro -- ARE there fake memory sticks/cards out there??
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Old Jun 21, 2006, 10:57 PM   #2
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The ebay cards are used and they also have a shipping fee attached to them. Retailers sell brand new cards, often with warranties. You can get a good deal off ebay, but retailers give you peace of mind.
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Old Jun 21, 2006, 10:58 PM   #3
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i don't know if all of them are used on ebay.. but what's wrong with a used memory card?
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Old Jun 21, 2006, 11:10 PM   #4
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Yes, there are fake/counterfeit cards on Ebay--I don't know about MemoryStick, but SD cards? You better believe it! Buyer beware:

http://members.shaw.ca/fakesandisk/
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Old Jun 22, 2006, 12:21 AM   #5
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other than the lifetime guarantee, fake memory cards still work right? i went to the above link u posted, and i'm not quite sure what the performance of the two different memory cards mean.. as long as it doesn't corrupt/distort pictures stored, fake cards don't seem too bad.. rite?
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I'm sure many of the fake cards work just fine--for a while. There have been reports stating that they fail after a few weeks or months. The real Sandisk cards have a lifetime warranty. You pays your money and you takes your chances.
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Old Jun 22, 2006, 3:20 AM   #7
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so are there reports of fake digital cameras that look and work almost like the real one? i've seen fake Sony that you can obviously tell by looking at the logo.
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Old Jun 22, 2006, 6:25 AM   #8
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There are loads of fake Sony cards and sandisk cards going around at the moment! I would NOT recommend buyingoff ebay- if the price is too good to be true it's because it's not!

Try www.emartbuy.co.uk, their prices are cheap, I have bought off them before and my item came next day, they seem pretty spot on.



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p.s the sandisk cards warrantys have been reduced to 10 years now, but it still better than no warranty at all!
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Any flash memory card (CF, SD, MMC, XD, MemoryStick, etc.) has a finite number of write cycles--usually around 15,000--and a used card will obviously have fewer cycles left before files start corrupting as they're written to the card and capacity starts decreasing.
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