I would argue that there are exceptions to the principle of visual appearance to be considered "as is" if there's documentation to serve as a small print, footnote, or full disclosure.
For example, the listing has a picture of an expensive Cell Phone with its cheap phone case, and the description "as is" is the phone not included, you are buying the phone case, not the Cell Phone.
Although that is a deceptive "as is" picture, the description is a legal loophole to sell something that not 100% "as is" in the picture.
Similarly, they can show a red car and deliver a white one as long as there's a footnote saying that "Notice, the picture is generic and buyers should not rely on its paint color".
Thus, in this auction case, in the absence of a footnote to serve as an "as is" legal loophole, what we see is what we should get!