Having a bunch of film awaiting my getting around to find a decent place to get it developed, I got to thinking about what kind of camera I would like as an every day carry, and figured it had to be digital. I wanted something with a bigger sensor than the Nikon P7700 I have (1/1.7), and got to looking at the Leica X line of compacts. They are fixed lens, APS-C sensor models with different lens variations, ranging from a 35mm equivalent to a 28-70mm Variable Elmar equivalent. But they don't have electronic view finders, you have to use the rear screen to focus, and then can use an auxiliary finder for framing.
So I stumble upon a listing for an X1 with the aux finder (which by itself usually goes for $300), and other accessories for under $300 CAN. It was a seller with no history, thus no feedback, no other items for sale, and the description did not quite match the photos of the item. I thought, "Could it be I have run across an actual newbie?" My older self said to stay away from this deal, but my younger self said "Go for it!"
The seller was quick to list it as having been shipped first thing the next morning, but coming from Canada, it was going to take a couple of weeks. Then I saw he neglected to show the shipping particulars, such as what carrier he was using.
An hour after that I got a notice from eBay that they had pulled the description from the Listings, and the seller (decru_8296) was no longer a seller due to "inconsistencies" with his account. ebay said I didn't have to do anything since I already paid, so I wound up having to wait for the estimated time of shipping to lapse before I could file a claim.
Within an hour after I filed the claim, I got notice I would be getting my money back within 48 hours. In actuality, it was less than 24 hours. Now that was quick! PayPal would have insisted in writing a check, and snail mailing it to me.
Anyway, it's nice that eBay has such policies in place that give some protection to the buyer. Factor in the exchange rates, and I got $10 more back than I paid.
Next time I get to thinking about the future, I'll take my time about it.