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How to detect fake Sandisk micro SD 32GB,
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This review is from: SanDisk SDSDQM-032G-B35 32GB Class 4 microSDHC Memory Card (Personal Computers)Any attempt to look for some advice to buy a genuine Sandisk microSD (any strength - in my case a 32GB card for my Samsung GALAXY tab) is met by a plethora of internet-based opinions and information as regards the masses of fake cards flooding the markets these days....most originating from some wheelie bin outside a Chinese factory.
Human that I am, I looked around for a week and realised that dependable sellers (Amazon, Play.com, PC world etc) were all selling a Sandisk 32GB card for £ 70-85 while the shady ones (Amazon marketplace, eBay etc) were dishing them out at £25-40! Hence, I decided to try my luck (and money) and bought one card from eBay after an extensive search. It cost me £35.00 + £1.98 and the seller was a `power seller' with 100% feedback. Nothing could go wrong......or I assumed huh...?
As explained below, it was a fake and after a bit of wrangling (and legal threats!), I got my money refunded. Wisdom dawned upon me and I then bought a genuine one from Amazon UK for £69.99 which was delivered free inside 24 hours! Being at the receiving end of a con, and in the absence of any constructive advice available, I have made the following tips to help the next customer - hope this helps:
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GENUINE AND FAKE Sandisk 32 GB micro SD: (see my self-explanatory photographs for each point)
1. Package: The genuine pack is sealed and cannot be split open. The fake is just pasted at the edges and my fake item was all loose inside. Again, as far as I am aware, Sandisk does not provide any SD adaptors (Kingston does) but nearly all eBay items have a `free adaptor' inside the same pack.
2. Check the barcode: If you have a iPhone with a barcode facility (like a Amazon/eBay app), check the barcode on the reverse of the pack. My fake eBay item barcode read 4GB instead of 32 GB.
3. Check the external details: Sandisk, currently only makes Class 2 for its 32 GB micro SD cards and I confirmed this from Sandisk helpline in the US. eBay sellers are selling fakes as `Class 6 - 10' !!!
4. Check the inner details: Once you open the pack, check the card. All genuine cards should have a serial number and a manufacturing country's identity. Fake ones neither have any such details and the external details are painted in a hazy style (see photo).
5. The Catch: When you put in a fake micro SD card for the first time, you will be surprised to find that it reads the correct GB in the properties. Apparently the goons have made a software which enables the card's storage properties to give out a false capacity. One way to check this is to copy at least 60% date of the `claimed' capacity and check the card in 2-3 days time. There will be lost data in all fake ones.
6. Finally the functionality: Download a simple programme called H2testw (ver 1.4) from the internet. It is German software and the most recommended to test all your portable media including micro SD cards. My fake one showed only 3.96 GB capacity instead of 32GB as claimed.
7. Where to buy: spend the extra bit of money and buy from genuine big dealers. Amazon is always one of my foremost places but keep away from Amazon Marketplace since the same firms also sell in eBay i.e they are mostly shady and refunds will need a lot of wrangling. Of course, you might occasionally be lucky (as yours truly had hoped!), but one would probably need to be as dumb as me to follow my steps (till I became wiser!.
Hope these steps help the next prospective buyer. Feel free to correct me if you do not agree!
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Initial post: 14 Feb 2011 18:55:20 GMT
I want to thank you for your excellent work on this. Similar to you I was stung by a power seller on Ebay - 1800 feedback at 99.5% positive. The copy is totally convincing and comparing it to your list I was starting to wonder if it was just a faulty card and I had been unlucky. But one or two things from your list made me question it further.
The packaging was good but the barcode just led to the suggestion of a 32gb card as opposed to your genuine barcode which leads straight to the product (My barcode no. 619659042073).
My card came with an adaptor - which wasn't suspicious until I started checking after reading your review.
The packaging says made in China but the card says made in Taiwan. I don't know if that makes it dodgy but it doesn't sound good.
But what really got the alarm bells ringing was where you mention class 2. My card says class 4 whereas the packaging says class 2. That's enough for me.
Functionality was pathetic. It seems to be a 32 gb card but after a week of trying to get it to work with Samsung Kies and as a separate drive I decided to give it a big test and fill it up. I copied 30gb of files to it, which took HOURS, then almost immediately most of the information was lost/unuseable. Using it with Samsung Kies was frustrating as it took 12 hours to sync 2500 songs which were gone by the following night and many of the functions and applications on my phone (Samsung Galaxy I9000) failed whilst the card was in.
I have learned a valuable lesson here and have ordered one direct from Amazon for £72 (The Ebay one was £36.99). I'll use the official packaging and card in my fight with the Ebay seller which is probably about to commence.
I hope this additional information is helpful to people who hopefully let me learn this bad lesson for them.
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Feb 2011 07:12:54 GMT
Dr. Sanjeev Sharma says:
Thank you for your comments and additional input into this burning issue related to fake memory cards. As you have appreciated, the information that I have provided has been collated from 'various' sources in the internet and Sandisk customer service and I hope others may benefit from this exercise including the related photographs. Additionally, it is disappointing to note that a reputed and dependable house like Amazon allows all this shady dealers to sell products on its market-place which at the end only tarnish their reputation since in general, people do not see the difference between Amazon and Amazon market-place. Thanks again!
Posted on 17 Feb 2011 18:27:48 GMT
Peter Piper says:
Great review, thanks! :-)
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Feb 2011 20:09:15 GMT
Dr. Sanjeev Sharma says:
Thanks for acknowledging the effort!
Posted on 3 Mar 2011 22:38:38 GMT
Nice review, but I think I should clarify something for people....
...SanDisk DO make a Class 4 Micro SD card in size 32GB, not just a Class 2 one as claimed in your review. I was planning to buy one from Play.com (rather than the Class 2 one Amazon are selling) and got worried when I read your claim, so I visited SanDisk's website and they advertise a Class 4 model, so it's definitely legit - http://www.sandisk.co.uk/products/mobile-
I know you weren't trying to mislead anyone and just posting the info Sandisk had given you, but this will hopefully calm any fears people might have.
Posted on 29 Mar 2011 20:21:23 BDT
S. Browne says:
totally agree, I buy alot of bits from Amazon including said 32gb card.
Posted on 5 Apr 2011 10:29:43 BDT
Vincent Imwensi says:
Thanks a lot. Sharing experences like this is very helpful. This is indeed a very vital information. Once bitten, twice shy!!
Posted on 7 Apr 2011 15:30:46 BDT
Dorian Jordan says:
I quickly wish to echo these sentiments, and thank you for the information. It has helped me resolve a similar issue with an dodgy ebay purchase. I will now be buying this card from Amazon.
Posted on 30 Apr 2011 11:39:14 BDT
A. J. CLEAVER says:
Thanks for this. Was looking at buying a 32GB card and you have no doubt saved me money and frustration. :)
Posted on 10 May 2011 14:01:18 BDT
Captain Zoom says:
WELL DONE, great review - really helpful - added to Evernote for posterity !