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More fake units sold on Ebay

Post by m_a_x » Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:03 am

Check this seller
the main picture is from the original dongle but on the others is the fake supplied.
Not only the pcb is different but also the case section is rectangular, not convex like in the original.

Look carefully and see how they added a SMA connector to the standard dongle. The original MCX is still there :D

I made a search for Rtl-Sdr Blog V3 and found 35 results, some are the green ones so you recognize them immediatly, a couple are the originals sold from the blog and the others are like this in the picture but some with the fake case and the photo of the original pcb.


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Re: More fake units sold on Ebay

Post by rtlsdrblog » Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:15 am

Yeah i've seen these popping up recently, really nasty fakes. Customers need to be careful and do their research.

Those listings infringe on our TM and copyright, so i'm looking at ways to take those down, but it's probably not worth the trouble. Take one down, two more pop up.

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Re: More fake units sold on Ebay

Post by m_a_x » Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:47 pm

The best thing is to inform people, if those who buy them and then visit the blog are informed they can claim a refund for having received a counterfeit unit, the sellers start to loose money and have to stop selling them.
I would set up something like this: "Did you receive a counterfeit unit from ebay/ali seller showing the photo of the original? send us a photo of what you have received, let us know the seller and your full name, buy the original from our shop and we will send you a declaration to apply for a refund." ;)

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Re: More fake units sold on Ebay

Post by Username » Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:03 pm

I buy just the original no elec.

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Re: More fake units sold on Ebay

Post by mickey599 » Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:15 pm

I recently saw a ton of fake V3-s
that one is probably same as this
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/RTL-SDR ... 2e0e0RGM08

They are "thinner" ~0,5cm you can see from spacing between SMA and screws...
Unfortunately so many of fake ones just popping up, i saw new RTL store on Aliexpress, even tho I think it is genuine I still order from rtl-sdr.com site directly.

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Re: More fake units sold on Ebay

Post by rtlsdrblog » Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:04 am

Yeah those thin square ones are fakes. Although they mention bias tee and TCXO on the case, they don't have those features. Also they have A LOT of spurs, no thermal pad cooling, and no redesign for L-band performance. So I think buyers of those fakes will be severely disappointed.

We've set up our own Aliexpress store to try and stop the fakes ranking so high in the search, but it is an uphill battle. Also we're issuing counterfeit warnings on our store.

We've tried issuing takedowns on from Aliexpress and eBay, but as soon as you take one down, three more listings pop up in it's place. I'm not sure if it's a coincidence, but after taking some down we also see an uptick in DDoS and hack attempts on our site.

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Re: More fake units sold on Ebay

Post by m_a_x » Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:22 am

rtlsdrblog wrote:
Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:04 am
We've tried issuing takedowns on from Aliexpress and eBay, but as soon as you take one down, three more listings pop up in it's place. I'm not sure if it's a coincidence, but after taking some down we also see an uptick in DDoS and hack attempts on our site.
The solution is the one i suggested before, listen to me :D
Don't try to take them down but try to inform people and convince them to ask a full refund. When they start to loose more money than the money they make they will stop selling fakes.
Start an information campaign in the FB groups, most of the people today is so lazy that they will not even read this blog before the purchase even though the name of the site is printed on the (fake) dongle.

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Re: More fake units sold on Ebay

Post by Username » Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:37 am

I buy just the genuen nesdr from ebay. :D

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Re: More fake units sold on Ebay

Post by m_a_x » Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:46 pm

Username wrote:
Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:37 am
I buy just the genuen nesdr from ebay. :D
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smart guy uses the rtl-sdr.com forum because nesdr doesn't give him any support. And he needs support, a lot...

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Re: More fake units sold on Ebay

Post by Username » Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:14 pm

:D How about a Donation?

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