Let me say it this way.
Old Paths Equipment sells a good bit on eBay. I also buy a lot on eBay.
eBay is a business, and makes decisions based on their revenue. They might argue all they want, but we all have to think about that in the end because without a little green stuff you don't stay as a business long. eBay is in favor of the seller, because the seller pays eBay.
I have been helped by that and burned by that.
eBay is also only an open forum, if you will, populated by characters such as us here, and those unsavory guys who we really don't care to do business with. The theory is that all of us will tattle on the unsavory characters and make the whole world safer as a result. Those munchkins still crop it occasionally and make us all ticked. Sometimes that is what makes eBay look bad while it is actually the seller. In eBay's defense, they do slap hands when hands should be slapped. 75% of the time. That other 25% always seems to have an excuse.
What it really comes down to is that nobody is forcing anybody to sell or buy on eBay. I sell knowing I will be charged an arm for the privilege, and the buyer buys knowing that he doesn't know me from Adam and that he is depending on eBay to back him up. We both know that, one trades money and one sends an engine, and everyone smiles.
If you don't like eBay, stay off and leave all the good deals to those of us who want to play the game.
Because it is just a game in the end. I happen to like the game, and when I don't, I know it is part of what I have to put up with to play.