I always check the feedback. he has had 4 negs in the last year. if you check them..one of them comments on his rudeness. I don't buy from anyone less than 100% feedback anymore. I have only had one bad experience, but it was enough to make me realise that ebay involves giving money to strangers for something you have never seen in person...and that needs a high level of integrity.
personally, I don't think about generic lens caps as a problem. I am not a collector, I am a photographer, and the value for me resides in what it does for me. If you had asked me, I would have answered you without rudeness...but as a photographer I would have thought it a strange question.
What an ass. Had the nerve to post your question and his/her "Does it matter?" reply in the auction for public view. Several people here should ask picky questions about each and every item they are selling...multiple times.
There are some excellent comments and ideas here--thanks. I agree: we should demand better from eBay. Perhaps the way to do this is by supporting only "100%" positive sellers (as one poster has indicated). It is also good to share information (as we have done in this thread). Giving money to stangers for items that are never seen in person is, when one thinks about it, a very odd and risky proposition. I am glad that I have received a few nice items over the years, but I have also had more than one negative experience.
I, too, think that original caps are a good sign in terms of overall care and good ownership. Likewise, I have always preferred buying camera bodies (and other equipment) in the best shape possible, as this is also at least some type of indication regarding prior use and care. While it is true that many dinged up bodies can work for years and years (especially the better bodies), I feel more comfortable in these "unseen" transactions when I buy at least an EX grade piece of gear. I find KEH's EX grade to be a good rule of thumb. In my experience, KEH's EX grade is usually at least as good or better than the "mint" or "minty" item on eZoo.
FWIW, I think the seller's original question "Does it matter?" was reasonable, but the other two messages are obviously completely out of line. You may not have much basis for complaining to eBay---I don't think they have any rules against the seller being a jerk---but dang, what a jerk.
+1 His response was out of line but I think his point is valid. It's not exactly collectible is it?
If a seller has a combative attitude then BEWARE. I've dealt many times with people who exhibit angry, rude, combative behavior and... more often than not... they're selling faulty merchandise and lying about its condition. I NEVER buy from those types.