If you conduct your transaction within E-bay/Paypal, you are generally OK.
It's when you conduct a side deal outside of E-bay is when you open yourself to getting screwed.
A couple of months ago, I bid on a camera and got outbid in the last few seconds. In a situation
very similar to MK's, the seller contacted me later that day and told me the original buyer couldn't pay,
supposedly because it was some 10yr old who had gotten ahold of Dad's e-bay password.
The seller offered me a second chance deal through e-bay, but when I tried to complete the transaction,
I got the message that the auction was closed. I contacted the seller, who told me that he didn't know
how to re-open the second chance offer without re-listing the item. He then sent me a message outside
of E-bay (personal e-mail to personal e-mail) asking if I had any suggestions on what to do.
SNEAKY BASTARD! He wanted *ME* to offer to complete the sale outside of E-bay so that there would
be no way to resolve the matter through e-bay. I politely declined. I don't know if he was trying to scam
me, or just trying to get out of paying listing and commission fees to E-bay, but there was no way I was
sending $400 bucks to a complete stranger hundreds of miles away without having the item in my hand first.
The old rules still apply: If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is; and if the alarm bells in your
head are going off, there's probably a reason for it.
Hope you get your money back MK.