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#1 michael.jenkin

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 03:40 PM

I bought a Sandisk Extreme Pro the other day. Price, packaging and card looks real. Came from someone I trust. I have seen some shoddy fakes on the internet but this one was very good. Even had Sandisk think twice when I sent it to them. If you look on the internet, there are some examples of fakes that are very obvious. It is also interesting to note that 1/3 of Sandisk cards out there, are fakes. (Hence buy from a trusted reseller). In my case, it was hard to pick. The CF card was the right black colour. The stickers perfectly centered. The metal facia had curved corners like a real one. The Serial looks legit and the fonts used are correct. The brushed metal look was correct. My first clue was the speed. It was about 133x not the 90MB/s promised. I formatted it, it came to the full 32 Gb. I recorded 32 Gb of video onto it and it played back fine (slow). Then I noticed, the serial was all correct but not to one side, it was centered. The 90MB/s does not have the (*) after it like on a real one. The Extreme had the ® but the Pro was missing the ™. When I sent this off to Sandisk, they said if it was a fake, it is a very good one and very worrying as they had not seen one this good. They did have some real early ones go out without the (*) and ™. They could have had an issue with the serial printer and it could have printed in the center by mistake. The card was advertised as UDMA6 but had UDMA7 written on it. The 32 Gb Extreme Pro comes as both UDMA6 and UDMA7 printed on it (UDMA7 being a newer revision). I asked the reseller what the warranty was (SanDisk is lifetime and the box says lifetime) but the reseller contacted their wholesaler and it has a 1 year warranty. Hmmm. So, be careful. If you look hard enough at a fake, you can spot it but they are getting harder to spot. Even Sandisk took their time authenticating this one. Moral: Buy from an authorised reseller and always look your cards over (Which I tend to do anyway)
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Posted 11 September 2013 - 10:33 PM

thought i saw some photos earlier on your flickr page, geez that's bad, especially since it sounded like you were getting it through the proper channel as well

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 10:58 AM

thought i saw some photos earlier on your flickr page, geez that's bad, especially since it sounded like you were getting it through the proper channel as well


Yes, it is bad. I have Sandisk in quite a panic. They are currently following this up and it sounds like they want to convict someone.
I have dealt a lot with law enforcement in my job. When someone mentions China, they shrug their shoulders and tell you to move on.
As Sandisk comes from China, instead of telling me to move on, they want details and indicate that this will get chased.

I would hate to be Sandisk as their product seems to be heavily faked and their legal dept. must be very busy :)
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Posted 13 September 2013 - 10:34 PM

It's great to Sandisk are taking the matter seriously. Looking around the net, there are many stories of fakes being sold (and not just memory cards, even CPUs). I do agree though, stick with an authorized seller. And even if counterfeits do slip in (like on newegg), it is much easier to get a refund/replacement.

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 02:30 PM

After my last experience with fake cards, I have returned to buy cards from someone I have bought real ones before. A bricks and morter store. I have the cards out ready to use but the serials are the same. Both have bm130628010b made in china written on the bottom. All the ® (*) superscripts are in place. the serials are in the right place. The colour of the card plastic is correct. The brushed aluminium look is correct. The packaging looks good. the security insert packaging is normal. The plastic protective case is good. It comes with Rescue pro paperwork and these have unique serial numbers. The stickers are lined up. the shape of the metal parts is correct. I am now testing their speed and size. Everything looks real except the serials. These cards are even better than the last fake. It is getting scary out there. I am emailing sandisk. Maybe they had a batching issue. Maybe these are real ?
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Posted 24 September 2013 - 10:14 AM

I have an answer. The cards are real. Sandisk use the same serial numbers on batches. I have no idea how many are in a batch however, now I know, many Sandisks will have the same Serial number !
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Posted 24 September 2013 - 04:39 PM

I have an answer. The cards are real. Sandisk use the same serial numbers on batches.
I have no idea how many are in a batch however, now I know, many Sandisks will have the same Serial number !


so they are really batch numbers rather than serial numbers...
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Posted 24 September 2013 - 05:41 PM

I have an answer. The cards are real. Sandisk use the same serial numbers on batches.
I have no idea how many are in a batch however, now I know, many Sandisks will have the same Serial number !


so they are really batch numbers rather than serial numbers...


That is what I would call them except that they insist that they are serial numbers and when you sign up for warranty, they are the numbers you need.
I now have three cards with the same number. 1 was purchased 6 months ago.
Maybe they don't change batches that oftern or items sit around in warehouses for a while.

At least we now know that multiple cards with the same serial are possible !
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Posted 05 January 2014 - 11:26 AM

I have now purchased a $3 CF to PCMCIA card reader and using an old laptop, have confirmed all my cards are real except that one purchase. It comes up as "GenDisk" as the OEM. With the PCMCIA card, the CF appears as a hard disk and you can read all the manufactures details from it. Just a word of caution. Even if your CF formats to the full size and seems ok, even if you have come to terms with the loss of your $$$ knowing you have a fake (and Paypal/eBay can't always help). Don't continue to use the fake. I used the card to it's full 32 gb 3x as a test card. On the 4th time, it failed at about 30 photos (700 mb). Now it will not format or store image's. Odd as the first 3 fillups of the card went fine and I got back all thise photos. Cheap Nand flash perhaps.
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