I've never dealt with either person, so I would consider myself neutral.
It looks like mistakes have been made on both sides by not asking for enough details/photos and possibly and the whole misleading "staple-gate" saga. Yes 10K is a lot of money for most of us collectors, but both these people collect prototypes.
It's hard to judge the whole story as we have the buyer who is making the matter worse by posting silly ebay listings, but on the other hand the seller is keeping his head down.
I don't think it's unreasonable to ask for a refund if your unhappy with an item, and it would have saved airing all this dirty laundry in public.
TIG and SWFUK have both done the right thing by closing down the original threads. The seller is voicing his opinions on RS and we don't need these repeated 3x over.
* Wanted: Lili Ledy, Glasslite, Meccano, Kenner Canada Instruction Sheets, $$$$ waiting!!
* Visit My Vintage Paperwork Limelight Click Me!
* To Visit The Glasslite Guide & Discussion Thread Click Me! Or The Droids Guide & Discussion Thread Click Me!