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Memory Stick Pro Duo (BEWARE OF FAKES - READ if u plan to buy a mspd)

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Feb 27, 2005
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mines not sony, but it has a yellow sticker at the top red part inside the packaging at say "PSP Compatible"
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Mike
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Dec 20, 2003
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the guy is notjoking around, when u go buy memmory cards in china or HK there are always 2 kind the genuine and the fake. The fake usually works but it may fail after a while, and with slower speed.
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i noticed at all the photos of the blue sandisk card has this symbol on all the photos but not on the card
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Mike
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Markham
picture number 1 - this was the complain picture i sent to seller
[IMG]http://img206.imageshack.us/img206/7510/memcard6nx.jpg[/IMG]

- here... #1 , card was the 1gb sony highspeed pro duo that i got from [rfdlink=/forums/autolink/redirectpage.php?linkid=78]ebay[/rfdlink], as you can see, the gold foil does not align, and there are "holes" that doesn't all align at the top

#2-4 are REAL cards, 2,4 from sandisk, #3 from my sony PSP when i bought it.. as you can see, the color of the foil is already different AND #3 perfectly aligh to the top, and the black colour and txt colour is slightly off between #1 and #3

picture #2 - an example of a FAKE 1gb card from sandisk u notice the position of where the memory stick is placed(comparison to picture #3)
[IMG]http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/6637 ... 9ti.th.jpg[/IMG]

picture #3 - an example of a REAL 1gb pro duo from SANDISK
[IMG]http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/5682 ... 6ih.th.jpg[/IMG]
note the comparison from #2 above

picture #4 and #5 - FAKE SONY packaging
[IMG]http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/8645/c918zx.th.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/7729/ca032tb.th.jpg[/IMG]


as of now i still haven't found a REAL sony highspeed package picture.. but i went to sony store @ scarborough town center, and it is NOT like that
the real ones look something more like #6
[IMG]http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/5366/011b1ip.th.jpg[/IMG]
even then i don't know if this is real or fake.. but at least the package looks exactly the same as the sony store ones

here is the proof CKO64
shove it
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I've got a Sony memory stick pro duo 1gb for 100 if anyone is interested. dont worry, it's not a fake.. inspect it, test it.. do whatever u want. I'll also accept a trade for a motorola hs850 headset
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Markham
well in terms of the japanese mark on the package.. i am not sure about that one..
the ones in japan might ahve that and it might be real..

but 99% of the fake ones doesn't include the adaptor in the packaging and say it is a FREE addon on the side... so... if u see that.. then it is given that it is fake...

i have seen real package from japan that has the jap mark and the adaptor inside

so.. ya...
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So no adaptor inside the packaging means it's a fake?
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Markham
i don't know.... i can't say 100% ...

but the ones @ sony store all have it
soooo....

u decide
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Thx for the awesome pics.
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Jan 1, 2004
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Toronto
Another way to differentiate them is to check the seal of the package, the real one has full seal, but the fake one only seals six points.
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andyyuen wrote:i don't know.... i can't say 100% ...

but the ones @ sony store all have it
soooo....

u decide
you scaring me lol just bought 2 off [rfdlink=/forums/autolink/redirectpage.php?linkid=78]ebay[/rfdlink]

but check it out here

http://216.239.37.104/translate_c?hl=en ... en%26lr%3D

It says adapter not included so it still might be real

EDIT: Translation didn't work just put the link in google I guess
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yes but that's in Canada, meaning canadian packaging

we're buying Japanese packaging at least from the picture and it doesn't include an adapter as shown in my link if you translate it of course
Jr. Member
Jan 1, 2004
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Toronto
Here is a link from one of the forum in China, this article tell you how to differentiate real and fake MSPD. Any one who can read Chinese please check this article, My English is not good enough to translate it, if you are good in English please translate it.

http://www.cngba.com/read.php?tid=31080 ... 7%E9%B0%F4
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Markham
i look at the article, here is what it saids

[IMG]http://img518.imageshack.us/img518/2841/120mo.th.jpg[/IMG]
example of real package (NO PSP + jap word logo on top right)

[IMG]http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/7406/10wo.th.jpg[/IMG]
this is an example of a fake package ( psp+ jap word logo on top right)

can u tell a difference??

[IMG]http://img210.imageshack.us/img210/9152/63nn.th.jpg[/IMG]
example of the PSP ready jap logo

the article also mentions that the ppl making these fakes are starting to develop new packages, so the fake ones in the future will be IDENTICAL to the real ones

i guess u can only tell by looking at the card


[IMG]http://img507.imageshack.us/img507/396/21zh1.th.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://img505.imageshack.us/img505/9114/38cw.th.jpg[/IMG]
(comparison of height)

[IMG]http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/5856/47yj.th.jpg[/IMG]
(comparison of contact point)

real and fake, side by side, which one is real? which one is fake??

turns out

- fake is on the left side, real on the right
- fake is slightly higher than the real(not that u can compare, since u only got 1 card)
- fake's contact points are lighter in colour, real is darker
- fake's imprint is lighter, and not carved in, real is carved in and darker

[IMG]http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/9697/70bi.th.jpg[/IMG]
these 2 are both fake

the writer of that article also mentioned that the shape is not exact, therefore he had problems pulling one of them out from the PSP
[IMG]http://img206.imageshack.us/img206/8647/86bp.th.jpg[/IMG]
as you can see here he has to use tools to get it out

i hope this translation helps..

i didn't translated it word for word, because it would take a long time
Newbie
Sep 12, 2005
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Really Jap version 2G
Fake ones' packaging is actually base on the jap version, but still can tell there are differnces in backboard color and package seal.
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Markham
i don't know jointo.. u have a good picture there

as i said before, i don't know if the real package has the PSP ready logo on it
and plus the picture you have only has 6 binding spot on the plastic..(which these chinese article claim was fake

so.. it is really hard to determine from the package now

but i am sure u can still tell from the card... don't know how you are gonna do that on [rfdlink=/forums/autolink/redirectpage.php?linkid=78]ebay[/rfdlink] tho... as you notice.. all the seller only post a picture of the card now.. not the package..LOL i wonder why (to get rid of old stock?)

so.. it is left for RFDers to decide, if it is too good to be true.. then be ready for what you are in for when you bid on [rfdlink=/forums/autolink/redirectpage.php?linkid=78]ebay[/rfdlink]
Newbie
Sep 12, 2005
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well..... they don't make packings came out of nowhere, appearently it's the jap version packing they r copying. If u get a MSPD in Japan, there will be a "PSP Compatible" in Japanese on the top right. It's not 100% correct to tell if it's fake just by that logo. From the look of the package, seal is a better way to tell since real ones have rectangular seals while fake ones have dots, and real ones have 2 more seals on the top. Also the backboard color is realtively different. It's probably more accurate to tell if a MSPD is fake using both characteristics on the package and those on the MSPD like u mentioned in previous post.
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Markham
no .. that wasn't my post.. i was just translating for another person when he posted that chinese site

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