You have not been aware of the discussion about these
non-ebay non-auctions that has been in progress here
lately. I think the consensus was that
a) whoever is listing these on ebay is doing the worst
possible job of describing the exact item that is for
b) based on the poor accounting practices there's probably
a less than 25% chance you would actually get the thing you
thing you are bidding on if you did bid,
c) you can't bid through ebay,
d) the prices on those auctions as listed on ebay have
no meaning whatsoever,
e) you have to pay a buyer's premium on top of that if
you read the fine print,
f) the 'seller' has no ebay feedback rating at all.
Basically, unless everyone here is lying, we are staying
away from that nonsense in droves.
please reply to:
JRR(zero) at yktvmv (dot) vnet (dot) ibm (dot) com
Oh, no. I have no doubt you'd get what you bid on. And
you'll be able to find out exactly what it was you were
bidding on when you pick it up after the auction is over.
One other thing that may not have been clear to the OP is
that the online bidders are competing against the folks at
a live auction.