While compiling our list of The best Black Friday SSD dealswe came across a peach for one of the products.
Sajiula’s “16TB Portable SSD External Hard Drive” (his description isn’t ours), is a barely believable storage product that’s currently Amazon’s #1 release in the highly competitive external SSD category.
In short, it claims to be 16 TB External SSD in the form of a samsung t5 drive, with a sticker price of $109.99. To Amazon’s credit, it comes with free tech support and can be returned until January 31, 2023, giving the customer plenty of time to find out that it’s not actually a 16TB drive, let alone a 16TB solid state drive.
An original external hard drive from a recognized brand (2 TB samsung t7 shield) at $149.99, which is a terabyte for TB, ten times cheaper.
When something feels too good to be true, it probably is, and we have no doubt that in the case of the Sajiulas 16TB SSD, something went wrong with Amazon’s filtering system.
Not to be outdone, there’s a 5TB “external portable hard drive” from a shadowy company called WIOTA that looks suspiciously like Sajiula’s product and is the number one new release in the external hard drive category.
Both products have attracted hundreds of positive reviews and claim to have read write speeds of 500MBps and 450MBps, respectively.
A closer look at the reviews reveals a worrying trend; Lots of 5-star ratings are for different products. One says, “I ordered a blue and pink one, my brother likes it, and it helps him grip the remote better because it’s broken, love it, thank you” and another says, “I was really surprised at how much liquid it holds without leaking.”
We haven’t linked to them to avoid giving them more publicity.
What does Amazon do?
Amazon was cracking down on fakes and imitations before this Black Friday And the Cyber Monday 2022.
The company recently revealed that it had seized more than 240,000 items in China in a single operation, bringing the total products seized and discarded to more than three million. Alarmingly in 2021, there were over 2.5 million attempts by so-called bad actors around the world to create new selling accounts.
Regardless, loopholes remain in Amazon’s anti-counterfeiting system that allow operators like Sajiulas and Wiota to sell fake products to unsuspecting customers.
TechRadar Pro has reached out to Amazon and will report back if we get a response.