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So, I've seen an influx of "gear flippers" here on Trailspace lately. You know them: just a few posts under their name, no bio, all of them looking for or trying to buy traditionally "vintage" gear...and almost always the stuff that can be immediately re-sold on ebay for a five or ten-fold profit.
I want to figure out where they are coming from--i.e., which forums/websites "flippers" frequent to find out to come here--and have this thread be a running compendium of all current or past flippers. I'd like to see their Trailspace names posted, as well as any information and aliases we can associate with that name. I consider these people as nothing but scammers looking to exploit unknowing individuals. This kind of action ruins the Trailspace community, and as vested members of this community, it is up to us to do what we can to prevent it. This is certainly not to say these members should be shunned or banned; this thread will merely give those who wish to avoid dealing with such members, a resource to help them do so. Also, the fact that a screen-name is listed here does not automatically mean that member has been identified as a flipper/scammer; it means that member has done/posted something that is traditionally associated with flipper/scammer activity; in other words, that the person is suspected of said associations. Time will settle things.
If a member feels as though we are wrong in our reasoning, they'll have a chance to rebuff our suggestions once their post count allows a response. Again, I'm not saying they are scammers; I'm saying I think they are, and I want to help bring these members out of the shadows, into the gloriously bright sun!