What's even more puzzling is someone with a four digit feedback was taken for over $200.00. Guess it took them that long to realize the riff-raff out there, which is quite abundant on the site, when they should have passed on by
Buying from new members is pretty safe nowadays. I've purchased several 3-4 figure lots from new members without issue. Even if I did, though, ebay would 100% refund your money if the item was never shipped. I've had that happen a couple times before and again, no problem at all.