Hello First - sorry to post this here - I can't seem to post on the discussion threads - maybe someone can post a pointer to here if you think it's necessay. I'll keep this as short as possible. A couple of weeks ago I noticed a g5 duel with a 17" display on ebay. The seller required an email to be sent to him to be put on the preffered buyers list. He amailed me back and said I could bid or buy direct for £1500 (to good to be true? Yes) I got back to him and said yes but that I would use a third party (escrow.com) to handle the purchase. He sent back a blanket email saying that he would accept pay pal or ideally western union transfers. This got me a little worried... and I found this following note from another seller: "IMPORTANT NOTE There are currently a number of scam auctions taking place on eBay whereby eBay accounts have been hacked and used to list high value electronics items which don't actually exist. These auctions are designed to defraud unwary buyers. You should check a sellers feedback and see what kinds of items they have sold recently. If the item price seems to good to be true then this should start the alarm bells ringing. Please do your research when purchasing items. You should expect to pay a realistic market price. Offers of items at 50% off the retail price are totally bogus. Here are some of the tell tale signs that you are dealing with a fraudulent ebay seller : The seller's eBay account may have been dormant for some time (you can check this by looking at their feedback) The seller has usually only previously sold low value non-electronics items but suddenly has a quantity of high value electronics items available for sale The seller requests you to mail them at an e-mail address given at the top or bottom of the listing description The seller is usually located in Portugal, Spain, Greece, Italy or some other European country even though they may use an eBay account that appears to indicate that they are in the UK The seller displays poor or erratic English language skills (e.g. grammar, spelling) in the listing or in any communications (e.g. e-mail) The seller will explain the low price he is selling at by claiming that he acquired liquidation stock (or some similar excuse) When asked about whether an item can be collected the seller will always make some excuse up as to why this isn't possible The seller will always request payment by Western Union money transfer, which is untraceable once you have made the payment In my case you will see from my feedback that I have sold many high value items such as iBooks, PowerBooks and iPods over recent months so you can purchase with complete confidence from me. If in doubt use the 'Ask Seller a question' link above to ask me anything you wish. Thank you for your attention." -------- All the above fitted. The seller of the low priced kit had a great rating... but on closer inspection this had been manufactured... lots of buying and selling of small, rubbish items. I notified ebay and they washed their hands of it saying that the emails (i sent them the source code etc) were private. Yet they allowd the seller to have this 'preffered buyers' button. Please be aware that there are G5s up for grabs that seem to follow the above pattern... so please be careful.