I bought the stuff, and paypalled the seller immediately, as I have done for years. When the item seemed late, I checked the tracking number the seller had sent, and it was not a valid number. So I sent a polite email asking if the number might "be listed another way," and pointed out that the merchandise had not arrived. I got a reply from someone who claimed to be a friend of the seller, who had tragically collapsed with a heart attack, and his computer had also collapsed, but the friend was doing all he could and would let me know what was going on in a day or two. I sent a very polite reply, to the effect of let me know if you would rather just refund me for now, and if and when Mrs Seller wishes, she can contact me and we can revisit the matter at that time, prayers for her, for the seller, for you, etc. A week goes by, and I hear nothing. So I send another polite email. How is the seller doing, please let me know if you have time, nice things, blah blah. Another week goes by, and no response. I go to eBay and check the feedback. The seller is not only getting it, but responding to it! And new items are being listed. So I call the credit card company, and explain the situation. Fine, they will take care of it. I email the seller, or rather I guess the seller's friend, and say since all this is going on and I haven't heard from you, I've asked my credit card company to help you just refund my money, I think this will be the best thing for both of us, under the circumstances. Because at this point, I don't really know what the circumstances are. I wasn't born yesterday, so I know that the heart attack song is one that gets frequent eBay airplay, but it is usually sung by buyers, or by sellers who have simply sold your item off eBay to someone else for more money. But the seller looks really legit, and appears to have a long and successful history as a merchant, both on eBay and off. Googleable. That's why I bought his stuff in the first place. So I don't really know what the deal is. My email to the seller about the credit card gets somebody's attention, though, and I get an email saying how yes, family members have been doing what they can with the eBay business, they are now all grieving the death of the seller, because he didn't get a kidney transplant, etc etc. and my items are ready to go, and if I want the friend will go to their house and send them. So I tell him look, you do whichever is easier for you, yes, I would like to have the stuff, but I don't want to cause an extra burden for you or the family at this time. I have no idea whether I will get the items, or if I will get my credit card refunded. I will get one or the other, I will let the credit card company worry about which. Paypal may punish me, but that's OK, because this was my Last eBay Transaction. My eBay Swan Song. I guess the scariest and most ominous thing about my story, and the reason I post it here is that it does NOT involve thousands of dollars or a high-ticket designer item: It was essentially a couple of pieces of faux bling, and the total amount of money involved is about $30. So farewell, eBay. It was nice while it lasted! And Buyer Beware! Edit to add another suspicious aspect - the friend's email said that one of the pieces of bling was missing a stone and they were going to have to take it to a jeweler. The post credit card email from "friend" said that it was now back from the jeweler, and at the deceased seller's home. Now to have a jeweler put a stone in would cost more than the price of the item, and I know if I were 'friend' I would simply tell me sorry, it's missing a stone, here's your money back. Even if the seller is so conscientious that HE might send it to a jeweler, and eat the cost, the friend who is stepping up is very unlikely to do such a thing. Any item that can't just be sent out, pop, pop, I would just send them the money back!