Yeah, it is really hard to find a deal on eBay these days. I was recently looking to pick up a digital camera which was discounted over a month ago by the manufacturer ($200 rebate in the US). But people are still bidding higher on eBay for used and refurbished units than the cost of getting a new one with a full warranty!
I think the problem is that eBay is so popular now (my parents use it!) that more and more ill-informed people, not doing their homework, drive up prices in all the bidding "excitement".