Sourcing and buying Flash Drive Memory can be a difficult task. When it comes to manufacturing flash memory, there are many different grades, manufacturers and products. Most first time buyers, and even some experienced buyers, will not even realize that there is such a disparity in the quality of these different flash memory items. Some buyers even get duped into buying counterfeit flash drives.
The easiest way to help sort through the facts about flash drives is to think about flash memory in these layman’s terms.
In general I like to lump flash memory into 4 categories.
Category 1. – Grade A Flash Memory
- (Used in our Premium Line of Flash Drives.)
In general this is the best memory on the market. The chip-set used it typically made by a premier memory maker like Samsung, Toshiba or Intel. Similar memory is used in the Apple Iphone and other quality smart phones. None of the components inside the drive are generic or recycled, and the speed of these drives are typically the fastest and this product comes with a Lifetime Warranty. The benefits of this memory are for application like critical data or memory that must be 100% reliable for the long run. I myself am a Premium Grade promoter, because its the most trouble free and reliable memory that comes with no headaches or hassles. Typically this memory is about 10% more expensive than our Standard Grade Memory. Our Grade A memory memory is manufactured in an ISO 9001:2008 certified factory.
Category 2. – Grade B Flash memory
-(Used in our Standard Grade Memory Line.)
This again is a very reliable product, however, it is a step down from the Premium Grade Flash Drives. The chip-set present in this memory will typically be manufactured from a lower tier manufacturer and is often comprised of some generic or recycled components. You will see a reduction in speed on these drives and the memory is backed by a 1 year warranty. This memory is absolutely perfect for the marketing person or advertising agency that wants to use flash drives as a promotional item with a lower budget in mind. This memory to last and run well, but it does not have the exceptional speed and lifespan of the Premium Grade Flash Memory. Our Grade B memory is also manufactured in an ISO-9001:2008 certified factory.
Category 3. – Grade C Flash memory
- which we do not sell, but you will see this memory on the market from other suppliers. Grade C memory is often made with generic and recycled components and typically offers no warranty. I am not even sure why this product is purchased anywhere, but if you are on a very tight budget and are feeling risky, this might be the memory for you.
Category 4. – Counterfeit Flash Memory
- Here is where you can get in some hot water. Buyer Beware! If the price seems to be to good to be true, it probably is. It is not uncommon to run into this memory in the marketplace sold by un-scrupulous or un-savvy companies. Here is how the scam works – typically the larger the capacity the drive, the more costly the drive. So a 32GB Premium Grade drive may cost $55/unit where a 2GB Drive of the same quality may be $6-$8. A common counterfeiting practice is to manufacture a lower capacity drive, say a 2GB drive, but manipulate the label info on the drive to indicate that it is 32GB. Upon first glance when putting this drive into a computer, you will see 32GB of space, however, when you actually try to load more than the 2GB of data, the drive will show full or fail.
Unfortunately I have heard of this practice many times, so buyer beware. If the price you have received for your Custom Printed Flash Drives seems too good to be true, it probably is.
I hope this has been helpful for anyone who is deciding on buying flash memory. It’s really not that complicated once it is clearly explained.
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