Re: Saxophones on Ebay
The "German" $300 horns are more likely "German Engineered" I'm guessing. All the cheap new horns are Chinese made and the reputation of those horns, warranted or not, is shaky at best. A safer bet is keep your eyes open for a Bundy, Bundy II, Yamaha YTS-23, Conn 16M. Those can generally be found in that price range and though they were the student horns of their time, they are a lot better made than a lot of the crap being dumped on eBay.
Do your best to identify if the horn will play or not. You don't want to buy a junker that you have to invest another $300 in to get it playing again.
It's a little more time investment than jumping and buying a Chinese horn, but I feel that's it's time well spent. You'll likely also get back what you paid for it if/when you decide to upgrade.
You could take the plunge and find out you love your eBay cheapie, and that's great - because it's about the music not the gear, right? Do they offer a money back guarantee? If so, why not try it, right? The most you're out is about $70 to cover having it shipped to and from.
Proceed with only as much caution as your pocketbook allows.