That's a good idea for many. Unfortunately, some of don't have that kind of access to fairs or don't live close to record stores. So were stuck with ordering either on Discogs (iffy) or Ebay (way iffy). I'm still waiting to get a tracking number for an order I placed 7 days ago on Discogs. Some of us in the used book business joke that "anyone with a closet and a computer can be a bookseller", hahaha. Apparently the same is true for used records. This isn't to say there aren't some great sellers out there, but they all have limited inventory. Good suggestions but often seller rating mean almost nothing. I always follow your suggestions but still, I've had problems even with sellers who have 100% positive ratings. (I think we all know how that works.) It's a real crap shoot out there. I'll add another general suggestion: -Don't "bet" more than you're willing to lose.