I have had the similar issue with an Australian eBay-er who sold iPad smart cover at a very good price (70% off retail). The eBay-er came in as pretty new (a few months old with over a hundred feedbacks over a span of 5 months).
So, I paid him, waited a month and a half. Never receive the item. Messaged him and he said that he will send another one out of goodwill. Waited another month plus, no sight of the item. By then, the seller has disappeared from the face of eBay with my money. I wondered how much that guy has made by then, but he was clever in dragging the entire saga to maximise the number of sales he could get.
Regardless of country, though I know most came from China/Hong Kong, be wary of scammers on eBay. Ratings don't mean everything, more so if they chalked up their ratings with other totally irrelevant products to make up for the numbers. Not sure if they operate in groups in order to mass up the feedbacks over an extended duration to make everything look realistic.
So, to prevent your money being locked in for nothing and the hassle of going through dispute settlement (which I have been unable to get back my money), do buy wisely.