Well, Bob, eBay, ANY eBay is always a leap of faith; and the fact that the seller is in Italy is not a critical factor in presumptively measuring his/her honesty (or lack thereof).
In fact, Sr. Calace did once ship me his grandpapa's Method way before I sent him a penny for it— and he waited patiently, without as much as one complaint for months and months for payment (as 9/11 had intervened, rendering my office in Lower Manhattan inaccessible until, oh, March 2002).
But your question, I'm afraid, cannot be answered adequately. What I DO know is that shipping should be no problem; said Raffaele Jr. just shipped me my latest baby a month or so ago. I cannot imagine what could have transpired in the meanwhile to make shipping impossible (and the ocean impassable) a month later. Nor are money-transfers any harder now than they were recently—#I DO mean recently, not five years ago or so.
Having been of no help to you, my friend, I at least wish you the best of luck in this. As for me, I would distrust Italian corporations far, FAR more than individual Italian people. Ugh! #
It is not man who lives, but his work. (Ioannis Kapodistrias)