I ask this because recently Rufus has been reporting most USB drives as having 256 errors. Brands that I would not expect to have high error rates: SanDisk, Lexar, etc. Or are the expected shortages really that bad such that good USB drives are that rare in common consumer channels?
I was thinking maybe there is now on some USB drives an addressable area for Manufacturer and serial numbers that might being misread as writable areas of generic flash - but which is actually read only.
Yeah I realize brands can be counterfeited especially from Chinese sources. And of course Chinese counterfeits can travel supply chains and show up in any place or reseller in the world. Especially since counterfeits are sometimes manufactured by or shipped from the same Chinese plant that makes the legitimate products.
In previous years it would have been a bit odd statistically to get counterfeit batches from 3 sources and in 3 different major brands. Plus problems with various promotional drives received from else where.