Good post. Good text. And good that Harvey is using it. I am not sure I can identify the pessimism in your post but...(cough cough) I prefer a high likelihood of scammage and take issue with having to read not-so-gentle-buzz-killing reminder when I am salivating and overly optimistic about purchasing rare international cuttings at my own risk on eBay from an unknown seller that I cannot vet on the forums. Please stop it. I prefer the blue pill...but then that is my modus operandi.
"You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill - you stay in Figland and I show you how to not get scammed on eBay."