Set up an email account at www.gmail.com and forget the buck charge.I think they make you donate a buck or something if you use yahoo or hotmail. or some other non isp provided internet service. To help prevent scammers. IIRC, you can sign up just not bid on anything.. I get an account update e-mail once a month since I signed up a year ago. GB is still waiting for their dollar. =)
So far, that has been my experience as well. As others have said, a good tool for research, or maybe as last resort. I've been searching for the PT1911-ALR, but found nothing on the ground here.No fee to sign-up and bid. I have bid on many guns, have not won one yet. When you factor in shipping and FFL transfer fees it is getting harder and harder to score a good deal.