All of us have found some killer deals on hardware, accessories and such on ebay and other online storefronts that seem just too good to be true (a majority of them being from somewhere overseas, like China). Some of us have even taken the chance and went for it (I know I have!). The story we’re about to share was found by one of our staff members over on a blog called Jitbit blog and we just had to pass it along. The original story is actually in Russian, but we figured we probably don’t have many readers that can read Russian. The whole thing is kind of funny but at the same time kind of not.
A Russian friend of mine has posted this absolutely amazing story.
(here’s the original but it’s in Russian).
He works at a hard-drive repair center in a Russian town right next to the Chinese border. A couple of days ago a customer has brought a broken 500Gb USB-drive that he had bought in a Chinese store across the river, for an insanelylow price. But the drive was not working: if you, say, save a movie onto the drive, playing the saved movie back resulted in replaying just the last 5 minutes of the film.
The whole service center was rolling on the floor laughing. This was not the first time someone has brought a disk like that. And the previous drives were also bought in China… They opened up the drive right in front of the astonished customer. This is what they saw:
It’s a 128-MB flash-drive. Working in a “looped” mode – when it runs out of space, it starts overwriting from the beginning. My friend said they’re still trying to figure out how did the Chinese do that. Because the drive reports “correct” file sizes and disk-capacity. And the “looped-overwriting” does not touch the other files present on the drive.
The device looks pretty convincing – lots of tech labels and stuff… The Chinese salesman even saved something to the drive to demonstrate that it “works” in the store.
Now, if the above story doesn’t make you think twice about biting on these crazy deals from overseas I don’t know what will!
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