I voted neutral. In a way its a necessary evil. It has been a way to get older sets I didn't get earlier for what ever reason.
I have however learned a little bit more about dealing with the resales on e-bay. It may not work for everyone, but it has helped me on buying sets from a second party.
First, I've bought some collector's books. Some don't give prices, but state if a set is rare or not. The Star Wars Super Collectible Wishbook by Geoffery T. Carlton is an exellent guide, because it does give values. It deals with all the Star Wars collectibles, but does have a SW LEGO section. A fifth edition just came out this last November, so the opportunity to get the latest values is out there. The values are based on MISB, but still can give you an idea what to pay or what maximum to bid. Do your homework.
Second: I look for sets that are complete piece wise, but maybe missing the instructions and/or the box. That's where I tend to find the deals. We all know you can go to peeron to get instructions, and then I also don't have the guilt of opening a box that ends up being an inflated price on a set.
Third: Search and keep searching, they aren't as common as the MISBs, but they are out there.
I've only bought sets on e-bay a couple of times, but its worked out well. I've been pleased when I can tell the seller does a great job of cleaning the peices. So since it's only been a couple of times, I haven't hit a "bad" sale, but its the method I use, and its worked thus far.
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