And so the ebay case is finally closed. The faulty PS3 has been returned by order of Ebay customer services.
I made sure that it was well packed and then headed to the post office to take a deep breath and ask how much to send back.
So the weighty PS3 cost £21 to have it tracked and signed for by Roayal mail special delivery and it would be there by 1pm the next day. By the time I got home ebay had emailed me say they had refunded me the money case now closed. Thankyou for saving the day ebay. You can never tell if these protection schemes ever work until you have to try them.