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I wanted to start this thread because Mazama put up a Sierra Designs Octadome tent for sale which I decided to buy and use as my guest tent as I don't loan out my tents. Within three messages thoughts turned to the "proper edicated of buying and selling of equiptment" on Trailspace. As there are no rules, as such, we have to police ourselves. As Mazama will be closing the tent ad I though this deserved some discussion.
The thoughts expressed were that of buying on Trailspace and then selling on Ebay for a profit. After all, nothing wrong with a guy makin a buck, eh. I buy and sell on both Craigslist and Ebay, usually buying on Craigslist (as this is a fourm in which you can talk people down to a lower price) and then sell on Ebay (as that site is an auction style site which people bid each other up).
I think that the items put up for sale on Trailspace should be for the use of Trailspace members. If an item gets no responce from someone who wants to use said item then by all means sell the item to some who wants to sell it else where. One of the ways to help our way living is by being as Green as possibile and that means passing on used gear so people aren't always buying new gear.
The only way I can think of making sure your item is going to a member that is not going to resell if for a profiit (if this is a concern of yours) is by, (a) asking the person what there going to do with the item, (b) check out there postings and see who they are, (c) see if you item turns up on ebay. If your like me I also check Ebay prices to see what things are worth and what there selling for as well as trolling for tents. So it's no hassel to check and see if my item turns up.
As long as we don't missrepresent what out intentions are with the items we buy, sell, trade, and PIF then "all will be well", or something like that. ;-}