Good point and I do see that, too. However, there are a few auctions where it specifically states it's "rare" and "expensive" shell cordovan (and frequently described as "cordovan shell") and how it retails for $650 you can get it at a cheap price. Then you look at the picture and it's an old, creased up pair of calf (or not even) shoes. That's actually nice to hear, maybe I should do the same. I've become pretty cynical towards eBay lately after a handful of crappy experiences like a seller outright trying to screw me, a rash of canceled bids on items because people think they can just end an auction for no reason (usually because it's cross-listed somewhere), and a newbie sending me a pair of shoes with literally no packaging and them shoved into a too-small medium flat rate box (the thinner version). *** I should take your experiences in a positive direction and look at it as a way to help sellers who may be new to this complicated world, but it seems like when I do that I get attacked immediately. In fact, I was going to post a few of these auctions, but I think the energy is better spent simply messaging these sellers instead. I guess I'll just try it!