I've seen lots of good eggs and birds on byc so I wouldn't discount that altogether. I agree to ask for pics of several birds (not just one nice rooster and hen) and egg color pics. It may save headaches down the road. Also just know you are gonna be breeding and culling for awhile to get a good consistency of positive traits. Many of the problems people are having with Marans is showing up in the 2nd and 3rd generations etc. If you just want some pretty birds for pics to sell eggs then discount what I said lol. As for ebay, I think I've seen Marans club members selling there so does that mean people shouldn't buy from them either?