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Engraved USB Memory Sticks in just 24hrs – logo for a lifetime!

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

The beauty of engraved USB memory sticks is that you can get them delivered in just 24hrs and when you take delivery of them you know the logo or design that has been engraved on them is going to last a lifetime. Unfortunately, the same cannot always be said of printed USB flash drives.

The problem with some USB memory sticks that are printed (and it tends to be metal or aluminum sticks that are the biggest culprits) is that the ink used to print them can scratch off pretty easily in daily use.

engraved USB flash drives

engraved USB flash drives

Popular metal USB sticks (like the twister or rotate) leave the factory with a protective “film” on them. The film is designed to provide some protection against scratching and to help keep the surface looking pristine. But, if you want to print on these metal sticks you first have to remove the protective film with a chemical wipe and then you need to prime the metal so help with the ink adhesion – if this is not done any logo printed onto the sticks will come off when scratched lightly with a finger nail.

Even when cleaned and primed the ink applied to the metal sticks “sits on the surface” of the metal and once the surface tension is broken (for example with keys on a keyring) then the ink will start to flake off. Plastic USB sticks don’t tend to suffer from the same fate because the ink “embeds” itself into the actual surface of the plastic.

If you are planning to give away metal style USB memory sticks with your logo on and you expect the sticks to take some punishment in daily usage then you might be better thinking about getting the sticks engraved. Whilst printed USB sticks do look stunning if you want your brand to survive as long as the USB lasts or is used then engraving might be a better option.

Engraving is no more expensive than printing and arguably on the right product can look more sophisticated. On metal surfaces that have an anodised colour finish applied to the surface, engraving simply etches away some of the anodised colour layer to leave a white finish (see the example images).

Engraving is also a suitable technique to brand wood, bamboo or leather USB flash drives – the finish is equally effective and durable.

If you’re not sure whether your logo would be best printed or engraved then speak to your supplier and ask for the advice and ideally get them to supply you with samples of your shortlisted drives printed and engraved. It’s fat better to make your decision(s) having seen the products in the flesh and having carried out your own “scratch tests”.

USB2U can supply printed or engraved USB flash drives in as little as 24hrs and will happily supply samples for prior to any order (the samples will be “dummy”” samples – in other words they won’t have any onboard memory but in all other respects they will be the same as the real thing!

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Engraved USB Memory Sticks in just 24hrs – logo for a lifetime!

Photographers Getting Burnt Buying Fake Flash Drives

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

We’re getting more and more calls from professional photographers who have purchased USB memory sticks from other suppliers (and occasionally direct from China) only to find when they use then that they have problems with them.

The problems typically come to light when the photographers load photos onto them from one PC and then they try to view the photos they’ve loaded on a different PC or Mac. More worrying is that their clients have problems viewing the photographs when they try to view them from the flash drive.

These problems normally occur when the supplied USB flash drives have been “masked” – that is a “B” grade flash memory chip with say only 256MB of storage has been made to look like a 1GB USB flash drive.

When these 1GB USB flash drives are connected to a PC and you view the properties of the drive it will list it as a 1GB drive, even when you copy nearly 1GB of data to the drive it will look as though it has transferred OK – the problems only begin when you take the drive out of the PC the data has been copied from and try and use it on another PC – all of a sudden “Hey Presto” the data you thought you’d originally loaded onto the drive has gone!!!!

Photographer USB Flash Drives

Photographer USB Flash Drives

This problem cannot be fixed. If you have purchased USB flash drives for your business and they are acting in this way then you’ve been duped and you’ve been sold a flash drive with less memory on it that you paid for. Unfortunately this appears to be happening more and more in the promotional USB market because most companies and photographers that buy them and supply them to their clients won’t check or think to check. Understandably once they have finished transferring the data to the USB flash drives they’ll typically remove them thinking their data or photographs are on the sticks!

At USB2U we’re happy to try and help and rush out some alternative USB flash drives that are guaranteed to work but typically these issues are only discovered at the last minute and if replacements are needed within a day or two you may have to compromise on colours, designs and sometimes print.

The only safe way to be sure you don’t get stung is to:

  1. Buy from a reputable supplier, ideally a supplier that understands the USB flash drive industry and is able to demonstrate they’ve been around for a while and that they supply other customers in your sector (it doesn’t hurt to ask for references either)
  2. Don’t just buy on price alone – if you’re being offered an “incredible deal” on branded USB memory sticks and other suppliers are suggesting they can’t get close to the price then its usually an early indication that you’re heading for trouble.
  3. Make sure you have at least 12 months warranty on any flash drives you buy and that you understand the replacement process.
  4. Buy locally so you have some recourse in the event of any problems. It’s much easier dealing with a supplier in your own country if things turn nasty and you need to resort to the courts to resolve any issues (hopefully it won’t get this far)
  5. Finally, do your own checks when you take delivery of your USB flash drives – load data onto a random sample (up to the limit of the memory you’ve paid for) and then try and read the data from another PC.
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Photographers Getting Burnt Buying Fake Flash Drives

Plaudits Continue to Flow In For USB2U

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Looking for a good and trusted supplier of branded USB memory sticks? Perhaps you’re not sure how to choose a supplier for your project or maybe you’re just confused by the number of companies now claiming to offer USB sticks at the “best” price and with rapid delivery timeframes.

If you’ve never bought USB memory sticks (also called USB flash drives, thumb drive and pen drives) printed with your logo on before then its easy to understand why you might get a little daunted by the task. Not only are there lots of companies selling them but they all look the same so do you just use price as your only barometer when deciding where to place your business?

Branded USB Memory Sticks

Branded USB Memory Sticks

Choosing on price alone can be risky not least because whilst USB memory sticks can look the same on the outside it’s the internal components (the flash memory module and the controller chip) that are just as import as how the printed stick look. Some suppliers offer cheap headline prices but fail to disclose they are able to offer this price because they are using Grade “B” or re-cycled chips – these are prone to high failure rates. Some will even “mask” a 128MB memory module to make it look like a 1GB – this ploy is very hard to spot until you try and load data on the USB flash drive.

The safest option is to choose from a supplier that:

  • Has been around for a while, operates from a business address and not a “back bedroom” purporting to be a company.
  • Has a proven track record of delivery and can put you in touch with customers who are able to supply references
  • Can certify the products they supply use new and Grade A chips and memory modules.
  • Offers guarantees that are underpinned by their track record.
  • Can offer in-house data loading services

USB2U has been supplying branded USB memory sticks since 2002 and is recognised as one of the leading suppliers in the UK with many household names as clients. If you’re looking for a safe pair of hands for your branded USB order you can trust USB2U. Here’s what a few of their customers had to say about them:

Leapfrog – “Just to say that the USB’s came through this morning and they are fantastic. We are very pleased with the quality and service – we’ll certainly be ordering again in the future”

Hertfordshire School – “I can only praise USB2U for delivering our fantastic memory sticks 2 weeks ahead of schedule, whilst simultaneously undercutting their competitors on price”

Studio London – “Just a quick note to let you know that the USBs have arrived and look great!  It’s taken me a long time to find packaging for them that looked classy, and the black box does it for me.”

NRP – “They have arrived here and look stunning! Thanks so much – it has been a pleasure working with you”

WhirlpoolUSB’S went down really well at the event last night – they looked great

Panasonic – “We received them this morning. Thank you. I shared them out within the department, which made everyone happy. Quality was superb as always”

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Plaudits Continue to Flow In For USB2U

Cheap Branded Memory Sticks for Schools & Universities

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Perhaps we should qualify that statement and make it clear we’re not talking about cheap in any negative or derogatory way but rather cheap as in fantastically discounted offers that are only available to Schools & Universities in the UK.

Why are we offering such good deals? Well, put simply we want your business and we want to be able to demonstrate to

Branded Memory Sticks

Branded Memory Sticks

you (if you’re not a customer already) why you should be buying your branded memory sticks from USB2U. We also appreciate that school and local education authority budgets are coming under renewed pressure and we want to help you get the best bang for buck when buying your USB flash drives.

Rather than making you jump through hoops to get the best deal you can we’ll lay out very clearly and simply what we can offer you and at what price. There are no hidden extras, not nasty incidental costs that are tucked away in the small print and there is certainly no compromise on the quality of products. We only ever supply branded memory sticks with Grade A flash memory chips modules and we certainly never supply re-cycled or “re-graded” flash modules because whilst these are cheaper they have a high failure rate and are to be avoided.

As a school you will be guaranteed immediate trade terms for any order for branded memory sticks or custom flash drives and we offer this irrespective of your order value. All we need from you to get the ball rolling is a school Purchase Order or an email confirming your order from your school email account. That’s it. Simple isn’t it.

Here the full list of fantastic discounts and benefits we offer to schools:

  • Free design & mock-ups
  • Free samples
  • Free plain coloured lanyards or key ring attachments with every memory stick
  • Free data loading
  • Free delivery to any UK mainland address
  • Free small gift box (or we can supply in individual poly bags)
  • No quibble 30-day payment terms on all orders
  • Discounted pricing

Interested? Please give us a call or fill out our on-line enquiry form and one of our team will get in touch with you.

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