Sorry POPS, but I do not agree with you. I have traded on Ebay for 15 months, 170+ transactions seller and buyer, and only once did I come across a problem, and he had taken a long vacation, leaving me swinging. Ebay is an excellent market place, and is itself a well-run easy to use system. Many of my purchases/sales have been paid for with dollar bills sent by post, and have never come across a dishonest person yet. Big Ebay sellers will usually give you your money back if there is a problem. That might not happen if the seller is an occasional Ebayer. There might be a risk with people with little or no history, and you can always refuse bids from those with negatives.