It really is amazing at how quickly just over the past 5 years or so, there are millions of saddles made for under or around $300 on ebay that are BAD BAD BAD in so many ways. The innocent shopper buying a saddle for the first time thinks that they have hit a gold mine and have all these wonderful choices - all they have to do is just decide on one and sadly they fall into situations like this.
I don't know how other people shop for saddles, and I can only speak for myself and my 25 yrs of experience - I don't even look at them if they are cheaper than $500 and if they are $500, then they are one of two things - a new or fairly new cordura/leather name brand or a 15 yr old or greater brand name all leather with some wear on it.
I expect to pay at least $6-$800 for a used brand name saddle less than 10 yrs old - and even that would be a steal!
This is just my little ol' opinion which might help someone along the way somewhere. Everybody has been thru it and that's how we learned, right?