Assuming you haven't yet decided on the Polinski pipe or not, hopefully this helps... (Echoing jjamiel) yes, he's/they're definitely on the level. I own two (2) pokers. The Ebay seller is "house_of_pipe". Delivery time was good. Within one week if I remember correctly. While I don't make it a practice to do what I call repeats, I liked the first one so much that I snapped up the "rock" (or blast) version a few weeks later. Just messaged them to ask about the "red" smooth finish version they listed the week of 10-Feb. Due to the popularity of the shape, the low starting price, and how good they looked in the photos, there was a degree of bidding competition. All in all well within my budget---~ $85 for the straight grain and $98 for the "rock".
While some of the freehands he produces look nice as well, I'm not curious enough about those to drop > $200. Better to spend that much on an estate Castello or a Former & Eltang.