Guys, this is something i've got into today, and i thought, since more and more people are going into photography these days, thought this might be good for awareness. wall of text, but please read if you're interested.
Iíve a Transcend 2GB 120x (green) CF card, and itís a blackhole. Pictures shot with it would be recorded as files which I cannot open. Not once, not twice, but on many occasions with the latest just on Sat.
I mean, I do shoot for an objective, as my job, and with this card, Iíve missed some of my greatest shots already.
Nvm about it. I went to itís distributor Memory World for an exchange today. Met a nonchalant cheena man at the counter. I have seriously no grouches against chinaman, but this guy is really classic. Can still type on MSN when Iím right infront of him.
I told him my card is seriously screwed. He gave me a glimpse, and told me there wasnít any stocks in a thick cheena accent. He then told me I have to wait THREE WEEKS for a replacement. wtf?
Alright, I tried to explain that Iíve already lots many good shots with it. Having a card down for 3 weeks is just like a double whammy. He told me ďno choice. Sorry. Nothing we can do.Ē
Ok. I said fine. How about I top up for a higher speed card / higher capacity card whatever you have? He told me ďsorry no other options. Where got you send in card, we give you something else even with topup?!Ē
Alright, then an elder Singaporean lady appeared, and I briefly explained my plight. She told me to produce a receipt or forget it. I asked her why, since itís lifetime warranty? She told me itís company policy and she fears parallel importers. HUH?x2 (Iím quite tech savvy and I donít know transcend have parallel importers at all!)
Ok. Last chance. That cheenaman told me to wait for the boss. He appeared and I told him my plight again, and proposes for the topup for whatever he had in stocks. He replied ďwhere got such thing? Iím quite sure NO ONE IN THE INDUSTRY DOES THIS.Ē
With one of my best 4 years spent dwelling in this industry, all distributers I know does this if the wait is anything more then a day.
Seriously. Poor product, poor service. I have a lexar 1GB card bought since my 300D days and despite the sticker on it is nothing more then a patch of white, itís working damned well still!
Thank you Transcend. Kingston / Lexar / Sandisk cards works well AND they give great service too! Iím quite sure Convergent Systems (distributor for Kingston / Lexar) would gladly offer me a solution which I can continue shooting.
Think twice before buying transcend. Think thrice before buying anything from MemoryWorld.
Thanks for reading.