Take it easy, fellas. I for one think that this could've been a misunderstanding. Typed words are easy to misinterpret. Let's deal with the issue at hand.
Gotta pity the MO starter though. He's probably only the middle man, and if anyone's gonna get burned big time, it could be him. There are a lot of shady suppliers out there who make use of resellers to push their counterfeit products. However, to be brutally frank, the seller will still have to take some responsibility should the SanDisk cards be proven conclusively to be fakes.
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It is sad that something like this has happened, it is a step back for e-commerce.
Buyers should always exercise their rights by asking and reconfirming before they part with
their hard earned money. Read offers carefully!
Most times the sellers are as mentioned the middle men who bear the brunt of criticisms of
their cheeky suppliers. So please be understanding and exercise some restraint in being overly
critical All things are always better resolved with the cooperation and patience of all
Its free to SMILE!
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Actually I'm not sure if a lot of pity should be given. A middle man's keep is earned by undertaking such risks, that is the reason how he earns his profits. Not sure if he can/should conveniently shift risk to the supplier.
Anyway just to share that under the law, I do not think that the middleman is not able to shift copyright/tm/patent infringement to the supplier.
I believe the MO organiser doesnt actually have the intention to cheat as well.
However he/she was probably greedy and tempted by the very cheap rates which the cards can be supplied to him/her and the possibility of making a quick buck.
But on the other hand, its seems rather weird to think that he/she didnt suspect anything or even tried using the cards to see the very obvious difference in performance.
I tink he/she should be careful of legal repercussions for now. Scandisk might be taking actions to prevent their reputation from going any further down.
As a consumer, i would generally avoid scandisk cards for a good while now..
Currently on an only kingston and transcend platform..
I have noticed that there are some whom enquired on the definition of use of "OEM", while others enquiried the 1 year warranty status in the thread itself. While many have read them, they failed to read between the lines.
"If it is too good to be true, then it aint gotta be true!" The buyers have got to be partly responsible as well since it is not possible for the price to differ as much as half, compared to the recent IT show prices.
If there's no demand, there'll be no supply.
fake cards have been in the market for years, we all know the retail price,
so buyer beware
if you google it, you can get many reports from a couple of years back
and how to spot the difference as well
my advice is, before you decide to part with your money
always do your homework
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So far i notice there are lots of fake Sandisk in the market. Anyone have any idea whether are there any fake Lexar in the market too?
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sigh guess not yet doesn't mean never.
Here is the definition of OEM taken from SearchITchannel.com:
1) Originally, an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) was a company that supplied equipment to other companies to resell or incorporate into another product using the reseller's brand name. For example, a maker of refrigerators like Frigidaire might sell its refrigerators to a retailer like Sears to resell under a brand name owned by Sears. A number of companies, both equipment suppliers and equipment resellers, still use this meaning.
2) More recently, OEM is used to refer to the company that acquires a product or component and reuses or incorporates it into a new product with its own brand name.
I think there may be an intentional or unintentional reason to deceive the buyer that it is OEM when actually it is a fake trying to look like the original.
Many times on the web, on Froogle.com or Dealnews.com, I see deals that look very tempting, and I have occasionally thought of organizing MOs here for my fellow clubsnappers, strictly in my capacity as an enthusiast trying to help his bros (and sisters too). I'm glad I did not, for I could very much have ended up as the monkey-in-the-middle middleman for fake goods.
Many of the above posts are right; no one in his right mind would buy a Canon 'L' lens or a Nikon D300 grey market camera that is offered at a huge discount of 30-40%. So why do we fall for these low priced items like CF cards? Maybe it is because the dollars involved are few, and our greed overcomes our fears when its only a few bucks at stake...
The lesson here is
I was nearly to buy from the MO too but Price Too Good To Be True and I prefer
warranty from original distro, so I settled for a cheaper version, Transcend..
the difference in brands for memory devices AFAIK is that
the 'top' brands get the first picking for the chips..
then the middle tier ...
then the others...
BUT they might originate from the same factory.
buying cheaper brands doesn't mean u get shady stuff it might be of same quality as more expensive brands.
buying more expensive brands doesn't gurantee you higher quality as well as its all a matter of statistics.
I am quite curious where fake memory cards stands in here.. whether they are worse off than cheaper brands or not.
but yah if budget is ur plan i think there's nothing wrong with going for cheaper brands.
hmmm i even considering getting a slower speed card. i can count with my toes the number of times i have made use of the high speed write buffer max limit.