I am negotiating the purchase of a raw fleece (CVM/Corriedale cross) over the internet. The seller had several fleeces listed with photos of all on Flickr. It waas somewhat impulsive of me to even begin this. She said in her ad (one of the Yahoo groups, perhaps Fleeces for Sale?) that her flock is not coated, and the fleece were "raw" meaning unwashed. It sounded like a good deal/only $5 per lb., but after she replied I began to have second thoughts, so I emailed her back asking her if she would 1) skirt the fleece; and 2) wash the fleece. I said I would still be willing to pay the $5/lb (skirting would diminish the weight) plus extra if she would wash. So I'm wondering if anyone here has purchased a fleece over the internet and if so, do you think it is reasonable of me to ask that she skirt and wash it first? Note that these are not prize-winning fleeces.