Tuesday 6 April 2021

Day 386 of self-isolation - The 2TB scam

The 2TB scam

When I was looking to buy some 2tb hard drives (which I bought for about £40 each), I was tempted by some 2tb solid state drives. These are available as USB sticks, costing as little as £4.62. What's not to like?

And when you look at eBay, there are DOZENS of these on offer, at various prices.

I don't believe it.

What I think they are, is 32gb or maybe 64gb drives, reprogrammed to report that they are 2tb. But if you try to put that  much data on the drive, it won't do it.

I expect that the same is true for 1tb, and other sizes. 

I could have bought one and tested it, and if it failed, I'd request a refund via eBay. But, I can't be bothered. The probability that these are not a scam is so low, it isn't worth pursuing.

I also checked out Amazon. There, the prices were in the range £30 and up. I don't believe that, either.

I went to Bluepoint, a site that I often buy from, because they are fairly cheap, and a 1tb flash drive was about £150 plus vat. On Aria, a 1tb SSD is £200, a 2tb is £270. On Scan, a 512gb pendrive is £105, 1tb is £300.

When an offer looks like it's too good to be true, then it's probably too good to be true.

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