Never before Micro SD card prices had been as great as they are today. In recent weeks we have seen 1 TB cards that were around 200 euros and they were a great offer, but those prices contrast with those seen in some stores such as eBay.
There it is normal to see 1,024 GB (1 TB) Micro SD cards at 30 euros, and that should set off anyone’s alarms, because those prices make it clear that these are fake cards that actually have much lower capacity, lower speed and even they can be fragile and end up causing problems wherever we use them. Faced with the fake Micro SD scam, a clear recommendation: you have to have common sense.
Nobody gives hard to four pesetas
Unscrupulous salespeople have been doing their little bit for years with this scam, which consists of sell Micro SD cards with fake capabilities and benefits also below what they advertise in their product sales.
The practice is common and popular, especially since mobile devices have made these cards simple and affordable to be able to expand the storage capacity of those devices.
However, you have to be very attentive to offers that are too succulent, because the normal thing is that spectacular prices are nothing more than an unequivocal sign that those Micro SD cards are a fraud.
If you take a look at online stores and take a look at the current prices of Micro SD cards from manufacturers like SanDisk, you will realize that prices are usually in a very light range.
In fact, we could consider the following great prices, which we have seen these days in which Black Friday or Cyber Monday have allowed us to find really remarkable offers with prices that were around the following indicated here:
- 64 GB Micro SD: 10 euros
- 128 GB Micro SD: 15 euros
- 256 GB Micro SD: 30 euros
- 400 GB Micro SD: 45 euros
- 512 GB Micro SD: 55 euros
- 1 TB Micro SD: 250 euros
In some cases, there may be somewhat better specific offers, but not spectacularly better. When someone is selling a 1 TB (1,024 GB) Micro SD card for 30 euros, they are making it quite clear that this card is not going to have that capacity.
Even versions of the same scam can become more credible when we see very good prices but that could be considered reasonable because they are from brands less given to compete in this segment. The example in the picture, with a theoretical 1,024 GB Micro SD card from Huawei, it also smells bad.
These fake cards may work once they arrive, but if they do, they won’t deliver what they promised. The normal thing is that to start its capacity is much less than that which appears in the Micro SD, but we can also be hurt with transfer speeds much lower than advertised.
Things can be even worse: these Micro SD cards can come from Poor quality and poor production processes, which can make them too fragile. The danger is here that when inserting them in the mobile, a laptop or a camera, then they do not come out well and get stuck or end up even rendering the device useless.
In fact, the transfer speed is a good way to check if a card is suspected of being fake. The speed ratings of the cards are based on the so-called classes (class 2, class 4, etc.), which allow determining the writing speeds that can be achieved on them. If a product shows that it is of one class but another appears in the description, bad.
The recommendation here is clear: you have to use common sense. If something is too good to be true, it is probably a lie. To begin with, it is advisable to buy in trusted stores and, in the case of doing so on sites like eBay, go to trusted sellers.
Seller Feedback on eBay is another helpful way to identify potential scammers. On eBay it is also especially pay with PayPal to be able to claim the money back if something goes wrong and we actually end up buying a fake card.
So, you know: be careful when looking for a Micro SD card, because these types of offers are everywhere and can end up attracting many buyers due to those striking prices.