Stay away from E-bay in my opinion.
In the past, I would have accused you of being overly cautious. However, at least in the ham gear category, I've had some recent bad luck.
My first bum purchase was a non-working (contrary to what the listing said) Palomar Noise Bridge.
My latest was a Kenwood TR-7950 w/tone board for $128.00, including shipping. Not bad, until you consider that:
a.) There was no tone board in it,
b.) The guy didn't have any idea what a tone board was for.
So, to get it working like I want it, it will cost me as much or more as a new radio. I've ordered the tone board from Piexx. I have to see if feeBay is doing anything about retaliatory negative feedbacks, and I might leave him a detailed negative, although I normally don't bother.
If the original poster does come into a few bucks, I would recommend going to a hamfest ACCOMPANIED BY AN EXPERIENCED HAM.