Oh, dear! In October 2006 I foolishly bought a Balenciaga bag for £450 from an e-bay seller. A month later I bought the real thing from an authorised retailer and realised my e-bay purchase was a fake. Lots of e-mails but no refund later, I made a statement to the police. They investigated and surprisingly the seller was arrested and fake handbags were seized from her home. In the meantime, I completed dispute resolution on e-bay and have received a sum of money back (not the full amount, though), since my purchase was determined to be SNAD. The police and trading standards advised me to consider a civil action against the seller to ensure that I get my full money back. This I did, fully expecting the seller to concede and disappear into the unknown. But, no! She has now challenged my action, claiming all innocence and the court case will be heard in her local area, putting pressure on me to travel long distance and to spend more money on this case. There is also no guarantee that I will get my money back and I could even lose the case, if she puts on a good act in court. All of this is happening alongside the criminal investigations, which may result in her being charged with deception and which may mean another court appearance for me. It also appears that the civil action will run its course almost detached from the criminal action. She can say whatever she likes in the civil action and until she's charged and found guilty, I cannot use the details of the criminal action to support my case i.e. she is innocent until proven guilty. I am worried that I may not have been given good advice about running a civil action alongside a criminal one, but it's too late now to withdraw. This is so very stressful that I'm tempted to give in and walk away from it all with my sanity still intact. What do you all think? Any views and advice for me?