I somewhat disagree with you on the caveat emptor part. We all come to this forum to share our satorial interests. Just a few weeks ago, I met a very kind forum member (amerikajinda) who went out of his way, drove to my house at 7PM, to make sure that a W.W Chan suit he sold, fits me. We help (sometimes in tough love way), support, and challenge each other. Some may view the SF as a brotherhood even. I don't think caveat emptor should be the first thing on our mind when we are trying to built trusts and friendships on SF. Then again, the douchbag seller was kicked-off the SF before, so my point of view is irrelevant . Andy
La-La-Land sounds awfully nice but what about behaving like a responsible adult? Complete strangers are not your friends, especially when you never interacted with them in any other manner than to buy stuff they're trying to sell. Continue to believe in the "brotherhood of SF" all you want and you may soon end up in disappointment like the OP.
oh... and that Nigerian penpal of yours is not really your friend either...