>So you can sell the item instead of annoying us with your OCD problem of bumping your over priced for sale items to the top of the page every few hours.
Every few hours is excessive, yes. But what if 4, 5, 6, 7+ days have passed? Everyone knows how fast a gear swap post can be buried, and the seller is simply trying to participate by bumping their post. I appreciate the occasional bump because there are items I missed the first time around.
>Some people just don't believe in automatic price devaluation of a product once it leave the store or used a couple of times.
If a product is functionally and cosmetically "new," then just because it isn't coming from the manufacturer doesn't automatically make the item's value less (warrantee issues aside). Usually, however, second hand but still new gear is often offered at some sort of discount because that's what a free market, such as Gear Swap, has demanded. But consider this example: I get a brand new MLD DuoMid in the mail and turn around and sell it. The wait time is upwards of 7 weeks for a new one from MLD, but you could have mine right now--a brand new one for the same price. It has retained its complete value, and some might argue that it has increased in value because it is available immediately. So no, I don't see an automatic devaluation of products. I understand that the principle exists, but sometimes its simply not automatic.
REI's return policy has actually allowed the customer to evaluate a product's value rather than be force-fed a concrete value placed on said item by the manufacturer or retailer. Within reason, if I buy an item that does not live up to its advertised purpose, function, or value, REI has given me the power to say, "No. This item is not valuable to me for the price I paid, so I will return it." And that is good for the consumer.
>I have been watching 10 year old Thompson walking foot sewing machine on craigslist for over a month that get bumped every few days he selling for $375.00. I keep sending him emails I will give him what it really worth $275.00.
Value is often a very personal thing. It may be worth $375 to the seller, but only worth $275 to you. Maybe every other identical machine is selling at $275, but the seller holds it at a higher value. That's neither the fault of you or the seller, but disparaging someone because you disagree with their price is not really cool. Its their prerogative to list an item at a price they think it is worth. If you disagree, then don't buy. And ultimately the item may not sell.
Our "money" is nothing more than a fibrous piece of printed paper that holds a perceived and fabricated value. And remember, that "value" is determined by computer algorithms that control the stock market, speculators that "predict" what commodities will be worth, and various other factors that fall under the illusion of a free market (which doesn't exist on the national or global scale).
Real value comes from real life purpose and function. A suitcase full of $100 bills is pretty worthless to an indigenous person from the Amazon, but a tool, shelter material, or livestock could easily be worth way more to them. Crude analogy, I know, but value is subjective.