' "but rather decided to sell this gear the same way anybody else sells gear in our Gear Swap forums - first come first served."
"also offered all the items to BPL staff members working in our Bozeman office (including myself) previous to posting"
are rather contradictory, don't you think?'
"The used gear was made available to everyone on a first come first served basis in keeping with the spirit of the BPL Gear Swap forum policies."
'That's simply not true. You said so yourself in a previous post.'
I've posted stuff FS and PIF on the Gear Swap Forum, and have offered it to (BPL) friends and others off-line before the items went live. Why? because I chose to. Because I knew the need of the ones I wanted to include early in the sale, or the ability to miss out on items that they might have interest in, and thought that they might be able to benefit directly from me before I put the items out to the BPL public.
Yes, I understand the point that Sam posted some potentially contradictory statements, but he was looking out for need/charity (Boy Scouts), and those that might not be able to trawl the forums all day for BPL deals (employees). If one were on the receiving end of this forethought, they might be appreciative of the thought as well.