In the Learn Something New Every Day category, a reader who goes by the handle "extrasalt" recently spoke to an engineer at SanDisk, who dropped an astonishing fact in his lap: 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.
SanDisk is all I use. All I've ever used, actually. I think!
Apparently, to make certain you're getting bonafide SanDisk memory, it's important to get your cards from an approved vendor such as B&H Photo. (TOP is a B&H affiliate.) Unless, of course, you're the type who's delighted at being able to buy a Luis Vuitton bag for $19 or a Rolex for $30. They're not the only approved vendor, of course, but B&H sells nothing but authentic SanDisk memory, guaranteed genuine.
Worth knowing, I thought. Wonder how many reviews and tests there are out there on the 'net of name-brand products that actually aren't?
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Featured Comment by Peter: "Some more info on the entire phenomenon is here, for those interested in the nitty-gritty."
Featured Comment by Hugh Crawford: "But isn't all photography 'counterfeit memory'? But a mere technological prosthesis for the production of mnemonic simulacra which once produced are distributed and re-assimilated into the collective memory of the culture? Oh wait, you mean those things that store a bunch of ones and zeros as charges in floating-gate transistors right? Whipsawing from Cindy Sherman bridging pop and high culture to techno-geekery is making my head spin faster than Linda Blair's."
Featured Comment by David Aspinall: "I bought two supposedly SanDisk cards from a well-known auction site, and, having spent a big part of my life working with litho printing, I thought immediately there was something wrong with the colours (very subtle but obviously scanned from the original). I scanned the card labels and sent them to SanDisk, who confirmed that the number sequence was wrong and that they were counterfeit. I contacted the U.K. seller who said it must have been his supplier but when pushed gave me a refund and said keep the cards. Lesson: only buy from authorised dealers."