Re: Alto Sax from Ebay
eBay can be a goldmine for musical equipment, provided you know how to use it . . . Personally, I have not had any problems purchasing gear on eBay over the past eight years, which includes my Mark VI tenor (it happens to be a rockin' horn, and I got a screamin' deal on it too). Plenty of my musical colleagues have benefitted from shopping on eBay . . . one of them recently picked up a fantastic pair of R-13 clarinets . . . another regularly buys and sells electric basses, simply because he gets bored with the ones he has (he's been doing that for years and has never had a problem) . . . another buys all his rack-mountable gear there . . . you get the picture.
I'm not saying that there aren't any eBay horror stories, but if you shop wisely there, you can score some great deals.