Craig & Ben
Both of your posts are examples of exactly what I discussed earlier. Quite frankly it isn't your place to say what Todd or anyone else should or shouldn't be able to do or not do here. That is rightfully a job for the forum moderators and staff members. You don't have to like it, but that doesn't mean you have the authority to appoint yourselves as THE transaction moderators.
I am not sure I fully understand or accept the idea that the "community is being taken advantage of" That is an arbitrary and ill-conceived measure. In fact it is no measure at all, it is a statement that is brought to bear whenever anyone feels their "morality" has been offended. Yet I must ask how offended can you get over camping gear? Its not like anyone's life is at stake here, Its just camping gear.
I know you all might not like the idea of gear being resold here, but it happens and I don't think it fits the definition of "damaging the community." No one is telling people to buy the gear that gets reposted and if the new buyer agrees to the price then it isn't anyone place to cry foul over a transaction that you had nothing to do with. Better to leave well enough alone, this is a place of freedom right?
Again why should anyone care that someone just buys and sales gear here? Why should you get that involved in the minutia of other peoples lives and livelihoods whilst you chase after social justice in your spare time? I know plenty of people who sold gear here to help them through tough times and maybe not all members feel that they have anything to say that hasn't already been said. What else is there to say about a piece of gear or style of hike?
I think it is very unfortunate that you look down on some members based upon such little interaction. Frankly you're too emotionally attached to the whole process, and you don't realize or even accept it. It's just not your place, if you want to lobby for a rule change with the mods that's your prerogative, but until then please remember its just camping gear.
I get the point you repeatedly make, and I got it long ago. You don't have to like these sorts of transactions and thats fine, but that doesn't make these transactions wrong or damaging: not until the staff or mods establish such a rule. Like I said if the buyer doesn't think it a fair price then he doesn't have to buy.
There is no need to get your blood pressure up over something that is frankly not really any of your business, as all these transaction are not "community" transactions but are agreements between two individuals. So lighten up a bit, there is no need to rabble over this inconsequential stuff, happy camping or no.
I hope I'm not sounding overly harsh, but I feel this needs to be said