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Oh god, please do not buy anything off of Ebay. For the love of all that is holy in the world, do not.
I'm guessing you meant your car only has 80k miles on it, so in essence your car hasn't even seen half of the miles that it should. My '99 just rolled past 185k, and all I've replaced under the hood is the passenger side motor mount, valve cover gasket, and an alternator(at 177k, nothing was even wrong with the original alternator I just replaced it for the hell of it).
My point being, your car should last you a substantial amount of time. So don't listen to any of this Ebay nonsense and invest in quality parts from reputable dealers, whom you know you will have no problems with if the time comes for them to honor a warranty on a part you've purchased. All of the big chain stores offer lifetime warranties on a lot of suspension parts, and could care less if they wind up giving you two free control arms 4 years from now just because you bring them back in for the hell of it.
Ebay noise aside, badreligion makes an excellent point in that you should replace both to ensure even wear.
Edit: Don't forget that aside from saving you the work of pressing the ball joints, new arms will include new bushings.
1999 GXE - Automatic(RIP)
2001 SE - Manual(SOLD)