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Byline: Rick Barrett
Jan. 15--When Christopher Smith bought a flash-memory card on eBay, he had a feeling the price was too good to be true.
He was right.
Smith, a financial adviser at Robert W. Baird & Co., paid $35 for a new card that normally would have cost three times as much.
When the card arrived, it looked like the real deal. It came in a slick package, with a SanDisk-brand label, and it has worked fine in his cell phone and other electronic gadgets.
Too bad the card, like thousands of others sold over the Internet, was a counterfeit.
"If it blows up my smart phone a month from now, I know that I can't complain to SanDisk," Smith said.
The proliferation of counterfeit memory cards and flash drives has cut a wide swath through online commerce. On its Web site, eBay has warnings …