Totally two different folks selling their cameras. I'm the common connection, yes. I have another friend who wants to get into 8x10 and I think I'll let him borrow mine for awhile and see what he is getting into. :-) Its an education for some of these people what large format entails compared to say a digital.
They see what I and some other photographers can do and say, "I can do that!" They buy the gear then see they can't. I've done this myself with fixing a car or two on my own. I say "I can rebuild that engine and make it better! And cheaper too!" Then have it towed away to my local garage.
Its all human nature. :-)