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One-Third of the SanDisk Memory Cards on Earth are Counterfeit

Did you know that a third of the SanDisk memory cards being used on Earth are actually fake? A SanDisk engineer recently shared this startling fact with a reader over at The Online Photographer:

[...] at any given time, approximately a third of the SanDisk memory cards (made by Toshiba) being used out there in the world are counterfeit. As in, not SanDisk memory cards at all—some other kind of cards dressed up as lookalikes.

Thirty percent, was the number quoted. A third, more or less.

To make sure you’re getting the real thing, always purchase your memory cards from reputable dealers.

Can you tell the difference between these two memory cards?

The one on the right is a real SanDisk card, while the one on the left is a counterfeit one purchased off eBay, where supposedly 70% of the memory cards are fake. Be careful when buying memory cards off eBay, especially when you’re planning to use them for photos that you can’t afford to lose!

Counterfeit Memory [The Online Photographer]


P.S.: On a more personal but related note, here’s my experience in the area of fake memory cards: some years ago I found a great deal on a 1GB memory card at a store in China. Only after getting home did I discover that it was actually a 512MB card repackaged as a 1GB one — and returns aren’t allowed over there!


Image credit: SanDisk Extreme III 4GB by code_martial and Counterfeit Compact Flash Card – Sandisk by RickDrew


 
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Austin-Hoherd/576367461 Daniel Austin Hoherd

     I’ve had a similar experience buying memory in Asia.  I bought a class 6 card and discovered it was a class 4 later.  It’s a good idea to inspect everything you buy before handing over money.  Make sure they don’t do a bait and switch either, do not let them handle anything you are buying after you have verified its integrity.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tatyana-Skymyrka/723478596 Tatyana Skymyrka

    it’s even worse with “OEM” dslr batteries.
    You get what you pay for, I guess.

  • http://twitter.com/joakimfj Joakim Fjeldli

     I can vouch for this. I had a CF card off of ebay. I thought my 7D had corrupted firmware. Turned out it was the CF card that made it go crazy. Broke it in half and tossed it away.

  • http://twitter.com/joakimfj Joakim Fjeldli

     I can vouch for this. I had a CF card off of ebay. I thought my 7D had corrupted firmware. Turned out it was the CF card that made it go crazy. Broke it in half and tossed it away.

  • Hysyanz

     i buy all my stuff from B and H

  • http://www.digital-dreamspace.com/ Charcoal Monkey

     What a ripped off! Glad I am sporting stuff from, hmmm, ebay!

  • mockwd

    After reading this I double checked an 8GB class 10 SD card that I bought from Amazon a few months ago.  It is the correct one.  I usually buy my cards from BestBuy but they didn’t sell the class 10 yet and had a giftcard for Amazon so I bought it through them.

  • http://twitter.com/ZDP189 Dan

    I’ll take the one on the _left_ please.  I’d rather take my chances with a fake Sandisk card than an original.

    I’ve had at least 4 definitely authentic Sandisk cards die on me, and never one by any other brand.  All were bought from trusted sources.  All were different generation, some CF, some SD. All were in different cameras or storage readers when they died.  All died during access of the disk.  All died with important, uncopied images on them.

    Sandisk, FTL

  • Jason

    I agree. I think I’d be too scared to put an oem battery from Ebay in my camera. I’d be worried that the camera could be fried.

  • Peter Post

    I dont agree, i work at a camerastore where we recover memorycards and 95 of the 100 cards are non sandisk card. 

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  • http://twitter.com/darxmurf Thibault Roulet

    I had the issue on ebay with fake CF cards. Loaded into my 1D the camera just displayed “error” after few pics @ 8 shoot/sec :D

    You can find good informations here : http://reviews.ebay.com/FAKE-SanDisk-Extreme-Compact-Flash-Cards-Exposed_W0QQugidZ10000000001456539

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  • Sandiskmemorycards

    I had the issue on ebay with fake CF cards. Loaded into my 1D the camera just displayed “error” after few pics @ 8 shoot/sec :D

    You can find good informations here :sandisk memory cards

  • Joey

    you people are h igh??

  • Joey

    you people are h igh??

  • Wanda

    I guess I was lucky in a way because I found out one of my cards was fake after reading this Tutorial: How to spot a fake memory card. Well at least I found out before experiencing some damage! But always DO test your cards!

  • GK

    This is an eye opener guys.  Certainly, I too bought two Scandisk ( (2 & 32 GB)) SDHC blaa blaa – and because they were written in bold letters “made in China” (most fake stuff from there is never labeled), I knew I had got a good deal but guess what…though the 2GB could be read by my new Canon EOS 550 it failed to read on the computer.  The 32GB one could be read by either