I can see a heck of a lot more potential in this piece than in the eBay piece. A little more taper, a none-vertical trunkline, and some branch work and this would be a really nice piece. As it is, I like the windblown effect.
As a purveyor of copper training wire I can tell you this. The value of the tree is higher than the asking price based on what I think the gauge sizes are. Maybe he/she realized this hence the reverse taper