With the continuous improvement in technology comes continuous improvement of counterfeit products.
I remember the time where we had to contact employees in a store to get exclusive discounts to original storage devices. We were only aware the fake ones mostly exist in Baclaran, Divisoria and Quiapo (and most tiangge), but with the rise of online shops like Lazada and Shopee, we need to better equip the masses to make better decisions.
I’ve recently purchased two memory cards and I’ve made a guide on how you can spot a fake from a genuine one.
- If the price is too good to be true, it is too good to be true. Know the baseline price of an item in the mall or a digital goods store. For 128/256gb, they won’t sell for lower than 1000 pesos. Most shops at Lazada/Shopee offer them for 200 pesos or less. So if you think you scored a deal, chances are, you did not.
- Be keen on checking the prints. You will notice that fake memory cards have inconsistencies on their prints. I noticed some blotting on ink and some uneven spacing on the letters. You’ll also notice some memory cards have rough texture in the plastic material used in it.
- Check with the manufacturer’s website. Some brands have a checking tool wherein you will input the serial number and they will confirm if it’s counterfeit or not.
- Use software tool to check the “actual” storage. Nowadays, the manufacturer of these fake goods can make you believe you are getting the real deal. You can see 128gb or 256gb in your device but in actually, they just programmed it to show that way. My go to tool for this is h2testw which will show you how much of your storage is actually usable and if it’s corrupted or what not. It took me 33 hours to finish the test for a 256gb memory card but it’s worth it so I can show you guys how it really looks like:
Using this tool is easy. Just download it from the link https://h2testw.en.lo4d.com/windows run the .exe file and choose the drive for your memory card. It will take time to finish but it will give you the result like above if it’s corrupted or not. You can stop at a few GB of bad sectors result as a good memory card will never show that.
I would say read reviews before buying memory cards but look at the reviews from different people at Shopee which made me sad that they have been scammed by this seller.
Hoping this post somehow educated you guys on how to spot fake memory cards and be vigilant with our online purchases. I don’t wish for everyone to be highly technical but it doesn’t hurt to consult a friend or family first before hitting the “Add to cart”. Spending our hard earned money on knock offs digital goods is never smart.