Actually, I'm relieved someone has brought up some concerns about the gear swap, as I think open communication is healthy, rather than stewing about it. Conflict can be a good thing if discussed respectfully.
As a newbie who is watching the Gear Swap closely because I would like to build up my ultralight gear, there are some patterns that I have noticed that ruffle my feathers. Besides watching the gear swap, I check ebay, craigslist, Gear Trade, the Clymb, Steap & Cheap, and all the major gear sites regularly. So maybe the following is just my perception of ALL of these sites that sell used gear.
1. Sellers seem to value their used gear for more than it is worth to me. Many sellers list their used gear for way too much money. I check their prices online and discover they are only listing it for 10% less than the asking price for a brand new item elsewhere. For me, it is not worth the risk to pursue that for a small 10% discount. I would rather buy it new, with the opportunity to return it if it isn't a good fit for me. I will only go used if I'm looking at at least a 40% discount from the original price. I don't see many opportunities like this in this forum, but I have seen some of those on Gear Trade.
2. For some reason I have no chance at competing in this gear forum. I log in several times a day, and I always seem to be logging in too late. Gear sells so fast and I have no idea how you all are doing it...are you using smart phones and checking constantly? Is there some special software that alerts you when something is listed? I have two jobs, so being connected 24 hours a day isn't possible....
Thank you for letting me share, and I welcome some feedback to this. I want to be happy on BPL. :)