After writing the last article on the Swarovski Active Crystals, I was intrigued by the USB sparkly pets. In a spontaneous moment, I placed my order for the Swarovski Purple Chloy Memory Key in the online store. Perhaps it was a crazy idea….$100 for a USB, but it looked so cute! And last week, my Swarovski Turtle USB arrived…yeah!
Everything looked all Swarovski-like on the outside….box, identification label, etc. I opened up the box and pulled the USB memory key out of the packaging and began looking for a Swarovski logo. On the back of the plastic USB, sure enough, there was a white Swarski swan on one of the turtle’s feet. Nearby the logo, the printed words said “Made in China”. Made in China? I guess I was taken back a bit by that.
I knew that the turtle pulled apart as the head part is the USB. I tugged and tugged. It was rather stubborn, but it did finally release. The inside….now that was a surprise. I took a picture that shows the Swarovski USB Memory Key next to a USB stick that my kids use for school work. It looks a lot different. (Maybe this is the newest technology?) My kids didn’t even believe me when I said it was a USB! Of course, the Swarovski USB Turtle did indeed work when I plugged it into my computer.
But in the end, here’s my opinion of my $100 Swarovski USB purchase. I don’t think the USB Turtle represents the high quality products that come to mind when I hear the word ‘Swarovski’. I didn’t really expect an inexpensive plastic turtle with USB 1.0 / 2.0 compatibility. I knew it was 4GB, but still think for the price, it should have been 8GB or 16GB and USB 3.0 compatible.
My recommendation? Visit a Swarovski store so that you can see and know exactly what you are getting. If this is not possible, buy a higher capacity USB with a warranty for $20 or less, and use the money saved for genuine Swarovski crystal figurines.
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