I'm always checking out the Gold claims on E-bay to learn and for entertainment...First the 'Clown' on E-bay who was selling a useless 'patented' Gold claim in the Cargo Muchacho mountains (So. Ca, & Az. and the Mexican border area) He stated that he didn't own all of the claim, just 90%. The other 10% wouldn't sell. Here's the funny part, you cannot ever mine there ever again because of endangered Bats living in the mine...And the tree hugging environmentalists threatens to sue anyone who even enters the mine (The mine has a locked steel bat gate). So the new E-bay buyer couldn't own the mine, couldn't enter the mine, and couldn't mine in the mine...Go figure...What a joke, and yet the bids were up tp $5000...Maybe the bat freaks bought it.
On the other hand, one seller who was very friendly & communicative, offered to meet me at the Big Bear Ca. Gold claim he was selling. He was ok with sampling, and the Pacific Crest Trail went through the claim, so there were people everywhere (by Crab Flats in Big Bear) I didn't buy it because it kept getting re sold on E-bay. I wondered if the USFS was interfering with restrictions in a sacred PCT area, but I don't know.
Do your homework like Arthur said, and I hope the USFS doesn't chase you off of your own claim like they did recently in the Kern, Lake Isabella area. That was documented in the Pick & Shovel
The Expedition seller on E-bay looks like he has some nice claims, but who knows...Are they mined out, free mill or expensive Sulfide ore? I would only be interested in a free mill site. And NOT in a 'Monument' & not in a 'Wilderness Area' (No vehicle access period). Our local FS Ranger said "The 1872 Mining Act gave you access with a Mule, it didn't say anything about a vehicle" So watch out for FS jerks wanting to stop mining in 'their' forests.
All of these things must be looked into before buying...Why are they selling??? No Gold??? No access??? BLM & FS restrictions & intimidation???