Once upon a time, I ordered some Irises on Ebay. The seller offered some really beautiful Irises, pictures were great, she had lots of positive feedback. Her prices were good too. I bought about sixty dollars worth.
When the Irises arrived, each variety was nicely wrapped in small brown paper bags, and the bags were packed nicely in the box. Upon opening the bags, I found three totally naked rhizomes in each -- no leaves, no roots. I immediately contacted the seller and asked what that was about. She told me that this was the way that she ships all of her Irises, as did her grandmother before her. And, she went on to say, her grandmother had ordered Irises from Holland and that they always were shipped naked, like this. She told me "don't worry -- just plant them -- they will grow roots and leaves and be just fine".
So I planted them. Two years later they finally bloomed -- and they were not the beautiful Irises that I had ordered and paid for -- they were ordinary ditch Irises. Every one of them. I had been scammed. Of course, by that time, the seller had changed her name on Ebay. I found her, but she denied being the same person. I contacted Ebay and they told me they could do nothing because too much time had passed -- that they didn't keep records of transactions that long. Even though I had an Ebay receipt from the transaction, they would do nothing. End of story.
It came to pass that I read on one of the Iris threads on Dave's Garden that this particular woman had a full-fledged business on Ebay doing this to people. I was one of many. Someone posted a picture of her house (a satellite shot) and she had no Irises growing on her property. All of this evidence was presented to Ebay, and they still did nothing. As far as I know, she's still on Ebay stealing money from unsuspecting buyers.
So. When I hear about Irises arriving with no leaves and no roots, I get real suspicious.