I would have done a small claims because PayPal ruled in his favour so I didn’t get my money and he keeps the item, so I’m totally out of pocket.
His case was pure fraud and I don’t have to lose money because of it,
He’s going to return an open item so I can’t resell it anywhere near what it was worth , and that’s before 2x eBay fees and 2X postage costs , so it wasn’t just a small inconvenience of reselling it.
I’m not a business who can afford these costs, that’s besides it was before Christmas when I needed the money.
Small claims court might be overkill in some cases , but why should fraudulent buyers get a free pass for nothing.