I agree wholeheartedly.Well my experience and the experience of my friends is that buying anything of significant value on eBay is playing Russian Roulette. You are FAR better off on Amazon. As far as "seller reviews" I don't even need to begin to explain to you how easily those can be manipulated.
I mean seriously, why should I give my credit card number to Hong Pong Fu in China when I won't even see the product for 3 weeks just to save a few bucks? I once bought something off eBay before I knew better and within a week someone had tried 3 fake charges on my card. Never again. eBay is the central hub of people selling refurbished items and factory seconds as new. Don't be so naïve. In addition, Amazon's return policy is FANTASTIC. They have a new policy where they will actually credit you for a return BEFORE you ship it back! Does eBay offer that?
Nah, buying off eBay is very risky business if it is anything with working parts. Give that a rest.
** To the OP, as far as I know MS is not discounting new Surface merchandise to sellers. This means that if you got your type keyboard for less than $129 you more than likely got a factory second or refurbish.
I had some old electronics I wanted to get rid of, so I turned to Craigslist. I'll never forget this one guy who kept on sending me emails basically asking me the same thing over and over again: "But how do I know the hard drives work?" Anyway, at one point I got fed up and I wrote to him, "If you are so obsessed and nervous, then Craigslist/the Internet is not the place for you to be shopping."
I buy from Amazon and, yes, I do read the buyer reviews but of course you can't take online reviews as gold! I do my part and also contribute my reviews but at the end of the day, that's the downside of buying online: The reviews are completely anonymous and unverified and you have to be willing to accept that risk. For me, I'd rather take that risk with a reputable online establishment rather than some John Doe.