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At first he wanted a money order only but now since he wants Paypal - that does seem a bit better, right? Your gut feeling though it telling you something different. I would go with that - you have read thru your emails to him and from him and something (to you) just does not seem right
When you send money to someone via PayPal, it is *always* difficult if not impossible to stop or reverse; an echeck is no different. Plus, if you buy outside of an eBay auction, you've lost a lot of the fraud protection that eBay and PayPal offer, but you may still have some coverage directly through PayPal if the item never shows up. In any case, getting compensated for a fraudulent transaction is difficult, and you have no direct recourse against the seller -- you can't leave negative feedback on eBay because you didn't buy the item in an auction.
The seller probably wants you to use an eCheck because his fees are less than a credit card funded payment - he ends up with even more money in his pocket, on top of the extra you're already paying him for going around the auction process.
Personally, I'd just sit quietly and wait for another similar item to show up on eBay and buy it instead. Use a sniping service like AuctionSniper to make sure you get a bid in at the last second.