Just wanted to warn everyone:
Last week, I had bid on some professional electronic equipment. About 3 hours prior to the auction's close, I got an email stating that my bid had been cancelled. I looked at the listing, and all bids were cancelled and labelled as "Wrong Bid". Shortly after, I got an email from someone posing as the seller, stating that he wanted $1,200 for the item (which was an amazingly low price), and that I could contact him directly at his email or phone number. What tipped me off that this might not be legit - while the email was through Ebay, it was done as a "Member has forwarded this item.", and he claimed it to be his.
Upon talking to my father, who was bidding on another high-end item by a completely different seller, it happened to him also.
My dad called Ebay, and there is a group of people who are hacking listings, cancelling all the bids, and then sending out emails to offer the items directly, posing as the sellers. For now, the people are still at large. These idiots are screwing up people's chances for selling their item, and also taking money from interested buyers.
My father and I received emails from the same person, giving us his phone number, and email address, which was something like "mccsellers". If you receive an Ebay listing from that person, report it to Ebay.
So, beware of any seller contacting you, offering to sell the item directly.
I just don't want to see anyone being ripped off.