but- WHAT IF the guy really DOES live in spain - and the original listing from ebay happens to be his..? where does that leave honest people??

I guess i'm lucky - but i've never been scammed well- in a significant way- I even sent a western union transfer to costa rica once for a Rollei 6000 camera body that was on ebay - zero feedback too. Got the camera and it was a sweet gem for an unreal price because nobody wanted to bid on it out of fear... just goes to show you that a little trust can take you a long way.