even the original is made out of plastic with chrome strips on the front.
I was concerned about buying a new grill with the MB Logo made out of plastic for my new C240, but the one from the factory is also made out of plastic.
It's been my experience on ebay to contact the seller and offer them less. The kind of part your looking at is readily available from multiple sources and price competition is stiff.
I needed a new light frame for my 91 300SE and there's a guy on ebay selling them for $72 or $73. The same things sells on www.benzpartstore.com
for $60 - I wrote to the guy on ebay and he told me he'd beat their price and sell me one for $55.
that was easy!