John Witt wrote: "The item listing was a little confusing..."
I agree-- I went for the model name only. I was looking for an UL windshirt with good DWR properties and I had done my homework.
I surf Ebay with a couple other browser windows open, checking for current models, full product info and other areas of confusion. Many sellers have no idea what they are selling, but are doing liquidations and so forth-- not dealers or specialists at all.
Many times I have found a more current model or the same item for less in a retail web store. The Nite Eyes LED conversion kits for the AA Maglites is one that comes to mind. I could walk into REI and buy it for less, with no shipping and an iron-clad warranty.
Unless the savings are significant, it doesn't offset the risk, shipping fees, time lag, etc. By and large my Ebay experience has been positive. I wouldn't be done in by a $35 loss (I would be throrougly ticked off), but those $1,000 deals would make me squirm-- I would be reading a lot of feedbacks!
Do watch the Asian sources for North Face and other high-end clothing-- the counterfeits and knock-offs are rampant.