Like all gamblers, we remember the wins as if they were yesterday, and conveniently forget the losses. I too have figured out how to win the eBay game....I don't play it any more. Like any game of chance (and eBay is truly that unless you buy from someone you know there), the house has the odds, and the more you play, the more likely you are to lose. I buy from Igor, KEH, Sammy Koh, even amazon before going there, unless I absolutely have to have something and no one else has it. That rarely happens. Life is much nicer now