Buying telephoto lens (600/4, 500/4) on eBay - issues to consider?

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Buying telephoto lens (600/4, 500/4) on eBay - issues to consider?
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I've seen threads over the years on the issue of ordering lenses from eBay. General thinking on eBay is go with someone with lots of reviews that are positive (99.5% or better is my general cutoff), stating their pics are of the actual item, with a return policy, and using a payment system that provides some reassurances. My sense is that eBay and PayPal generally favor buyers, but no one wants to deal with a problem item, particularly not if its big ticket.

I'm considering a mark I of the 600/4 or 500/4 IS version on eBay and see nearly all sellers are sending from Japan. Anyone have recent experience with this? Any issues people have run into? I feel alert to many of the factors that might indicate "something is amiss" but I feel like there seems to always be newer and more creative ways for people to take advantage of one another (buyer and seller) so trying to do a little homework before making a 4-5Kish investment.

Thanks.

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