Fakeness overload

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Fakeness overload

Post by RetroTechie » Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:49 am

We all know that fake parts are a common problem on eBay and similar sites. But sometimes you run across an item where the "L@@K FAKE!!" is so thick it's funny. Not to mention lack of knowledge on behalf of the seller: :lol:

14,Z84C0020PEC Z84C0020 NMOS/CMOS Z80 CPU CENTRAL PROCESSING UNIT DIP-40,NR

Of course we know our Z80's a little better than the general public. :D So I thought this would make for a fun 'quiz'. Look at 2nd photo from the listing (1st or 3rd would also do).
Very fake Z80 CPU.jpg
I can spot:
  • 4 mistakes I'd consider dead giveaways of being fake
  • 3 things that make you go "eeehm... suspicious"
That's just in the image alone! In description, more mistakes (counting 4 here). Poor chap(s) can't even spell name of the town they're operating from... :lol: :oops: Either this seller doesn't have a clue what (s)he's selling, or is knowingly / willingly defrauding customers, or both. Guessing I don't need to remind you not to reward such behaviour by sending money their way (even if you think it's a nice deal anyway). :evil: Let 'em choke in their fakes!

:!: PLEASE DO NOT POST SPOILERS! :!:

Just in case one of their Chinese 'colleagues' ever finds this thread, or it gets re-posted elsewhere. No need to make fake-sellers any wiser than they currently are (or -not). Consider this a "test your Z80 fakeness spotting skills". If you really 'need' to know what mistakes I found, sent me a PM for a list (or do so if you find even more mistakes in the image).

Disclaimer: no electrical tests were done on any specimens of above batch. Would expect that to show more issues...

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