I just posted this on another thread, but thought everyone should read it:
Ebay is usually cheaper, but as said, you have NO IDEA what you are getting. I do purchase from them for some things - but never electronics.
When I started looking for my V1 (I was also considering various Belscort models) on Ebay, I saw this on the Beltronics website:
A list of UNAUTHORIZED SELLERS - BUYER BEWARE:
Also there is a link on the page to some of the *actual places* you are ordering from:
That's messed up!! It pretty much cemented my initial hesitations of buying from Ebay. Also, I went back to Ebay and noticed how many of the people that were selling detectors were on this list... scary.
If you find an awesome deal, just be careful, and ask yourself: is the money saved worth the risk and peace of mind?