Memory Cards

Fake memory cards

Written by Gail Bjork

Be very, very careful when buying a memory card online – there is a proliferation of fake and counterfeit memory cards sold online, particularly on eBay. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Be aware that there is a proliferation of fake and counterfeit memory cards sold online, particularly on eBay. If the price is too good to be true, it probably is.

Counterfeit cards may work but the write speed is often much slower than a genuine card. Though sellers claim otherwise, counterfeit cards usually do not have a valid warranty.

fake-sdFor example, secure digital memory cards made by Sandisk are frequently counterfeited. Genuine Sandisk memory cards have a shallow notch at the bottom edge of the card. The edge of a fake is completely smooth.

Packaging of a genuine Sandisk card says “Limited Lifetime Warranty,” not just “Lifetime Warranty.” Sandisk products have serial numbers on the back of the card. Fake cards usually have no serial number.

Sometimes unscrupulous sellers use images downloaded from the SanDisk website. However, they are not representative of the actual item you’ll receive.

Buy from a reputable vendor

Seriously consider the risks before buying an all-important memory card online from an unknown source. Prices of memory cards have come down and are often on sale. If you want to buy online, pay a little more and purchase from a reputable vendor such as Amazon [Visit our Amazon Store for camera products and user reviews]

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.