I guess it really depends on your working method. I have front swing on mine and I use it all the time. Is it worth the extra price the WFS models sometimes go for? That's debatable. In any case, if you find yourself with a camera without front swings and need to do a little swinging, you can always fudge it with the swing on the rear standard. Not ideal, but it works.
JIm, you Sean and I need to form some sort of support group for eBay addicts
Count me in.
My 8x10" is not a Deardorff, has very limited swings, and isn't an 8x10" either. It's a 18x24cm camera. I used to think swings were paramount, and that I wouldn't buy an "unstandard" camera. But then I surfed through ebay.de one day...
My Deardorffs have front swings and tilts. My Eastman View 11x14 has rear tilt and rear swing only. I frequently resent the lack of front movements on the latter. I take almost exclusively landscapes, and I favor longer lenses which require movements to aid DOF issues. Also, the Deardorff is not the most rigidly designed of the popular 8x10 cameras. Wear and tear only makes this worse. The older the camera, the greater the chance of wear and tear, so a newer 'dorf WFS might be a less problematic choice. Also, the combination of front and rear swings gives shift, which might occasionally get you out of a jam.
Note that not all the Dorffs with front swing left the factory that way originally. Mine was made some time before they started making them with front swing, and was later sent back to have front swing added, as well as updated hardware in a few other places. It may still be pretty old if it has front swings.