We’ve all heard the expression “if it sounds too good to be true…” Well, if you see memory cards for sale and the price just seems too good to be true, my advice is walk away – if you’re still tempted, then be very careful.
Why? Well there are unscrupulous people out there who will do almost anything to make a fast buck! This is how it works. They buy in a bulk quantity of say 1Gb or 2Gb cards. They then relabel them as say 16Gb or 32Gb cards. But it’s a bit more sophisticated than a replacement sticker. They also “hack” the cards electronically so that when you connect them to your computer or put them in your camera, the card “fools” the device into believing that it’s a much higher capacity than it really is.
But the real problems start when you start writing data to the cards – after they reach their true capacity, just 1 or 2Gb perhaps, the data becomes corrupt – so not only can you not store as much as you thought, but you’ll likely lose what you’ve saved so far. Worse still, they can often not even be reformatted, rendering the card completely useless.
By the time you complain, for example to the eBay seller, they’re long gone, just like your money and your photos!
So what to do? Buy only from a reputable outlet and be prepared to pay a fair price, after all, what price can you put on your photographic memories?
We take a look at a number of hints and tips like this during our “Getting Started” and other courses.