Inexpensive memory card readers-Realiable?
I've accumulated at least half a dozen el-cheapo card readers along with my Lexar and Hoodman RAW Steel readers. Surprisingly, they all work just fine! Huh.
I think the only things you might have to watch for is the possibility of bending pins with CF cards, or possibly a bad connection, or slower transfer speeds. Anyway, my two cents. The others here can offer more insight.