These are my ebay pots and other pots from cheap sources they never cost more than $20 and I can sell them for at least $10 without much trouble.
I could likely get a bit more butt I'm adverse to lying.
I've only bought two pots from non-ebay vendors that were highly recommended here. (not duan ni just purple) they were the most expensive I've bought at $40 and $120 each. The $40 one is a dud, that I will sell for $10 maybe still thinking it over.
One of my ebay pots was $11 *shipped* and it's much better than the $40 pot.
At this point buying cheap ebay pots seem *less* risky to me than paying for quality.
I've been looking at some duan ni pots at some of the "recommended" shops-- but before I buy something that's $100 or so I want to know what the chances are that it will smell like clay, and just not brew.
It could be the case that to get a decent duan ni pot one must pay more in which case I'll wait until I know more.