I won 2 premier unpainted early steam engines with missing components. I have no intention on trying to get these to run. I just want to have a little fun with weathering. I am still waiting on a new invoice for the shipping charges. I am in no hurry as I have so many other projects around the house that I have no time to play anyway!
I think the auctions have been run quite well. I would be leery about purchasing an engine to actually run it. I've also seen things go for quite a bit more than the other auction site. The 6-car skeleton log car set went for like $300, when it can usually be found for $150-$175 elsewhere.
If I was still into Standard Gauge I would have been a bidder on a ton of stuff.
I don't know how anyone can complain about the rules/fees of the auctions. Read before you bid!