After researching other forums and searching google for them, I decided that eBay Seller: ThinkPadworld is definitely legit. And my research has comforted me to take the plunge, (which i plan to do in the morning) and buy a fully loaded T43p. Check out this :
My old IBM ThinkPad bit the dust recently, so I headed to ThinkPadWorld
at EBay to pick up a factory-refurbished unit at a cut-rate price. I highly recommend this approach if you're a ThinkPad fan like me but can't afford a brand-spankin'-new model."
This was taken from a PCWorld article. See it here
And there are many people on THINKPADS.Com that likes them. The only person I see bashing them is Bill Morro of Thinkpads.com and i can suppose that is because Thinkpadworld puts up a serious fight when it comes to competition. I will order in the morning and keep the forum posted with the results of the transaction.