Add 'what you see is what you get' to the list of deals that smell. Other than a few items I have been generally satisfied with my dealings on ebay, and the money that I have saved from not buying from dealers more than makes up for the bad ones. If you are buying from someone that has alot of good feedback and accepts returns, your risk is almost nill. Also, have every item insured, it creates a paper trail that protects both you and the sender.