I strongly suspect ebay item no. 180224659596 of the 1961 F12 located in London, England through a Calif. seller is an ID theft scam. There are at least 5 red flags up on this one that I can find the first being it was posted on a 1 day listing. Low shipping price from England and lack of information on the mandolin with no back photo and obvious foreign person doing the description. No response from seller another one and removal of PayPal. Demand for prior bidding for shipping and payment issue. Means they will want a wire transfer for payment and not personal check or MO/CC like the listing says it will take.
Low starting bid with no reserve another.
There is already one bidder on it and hopefully if he is here on the cafe he will see this and back out of it before it's too late but with only 3 hours left I doubt I got this posted in time. I have reported it to ebay direct by phone but they may not act fast enough either. While ebay scams are sometimes easy to spot this one was not.
IMO the scammers are getting better at their craft and I just hate to see some innocent mandolin picker get taken off ebays inability to catch at thief before it's too late.