Some people seem to be a little bit worried about using my name, so I thought I'd step in to make it relevant.
The thread Dena and a few others have referred to is here:
It's public, anyone can read it. I'd like to quote my first post in the thread, which I later clarified so as to make it clear that I was an interested potential buyer. Anyone who browses these forums can confirm that I've talked about getting a lightweight, compact digital camera. In fact, last time I mentioned it, I had the GoPro Hero 2 recommended to me. Didn't happen to have the cash, so I didn't get it at the time.
My first post: "I don't mean to interfere with your business or anything, but I'd recommend lowering the price, at the very least to match the Amazon asking price. It'll sell better that way."
Now, I understand that I come off rather harsh sometimes over the internet, and the same is true in person. However, I conduct myself as respectfully as is possible in order to speak my mind. I don't believe that this is crossing any lines
By posting publicly and politely, I was giving the seller the benefit of the doubt and assuming that he was unaware of the competing price. To PM the seller, in my view, would be to assume that his intention was less than honest.
To say that someone is a thief is rather ridiculous in my book; this is a site designed to share and enhance our outdoor experiences, and only the BPL staff and a few hardworking small business owners are making any money. I used no language to indicate that I thought the seller was being dishonest; indeed, quite the opposite. Those who wish are free to form their own opinions and share them freely.
As stated earlier in the thread, I'm big on communication. We are all here to better ours and each others outdoor experiences, and that can only be achieved through clear and respectful communication.
I agree almost entirely with Brian's last post; and I do make a point of staying out if I'm not an interested buyer. You're right, it's the sellers domain--if he wants to tell me "Hey, I wish you had PMed me that instead of posting it, just to avoid trouble," then great! I'd be more careful in the future.
However, I must point out the irony of people butting into a communication between potential buyer and seller and saying that a something I said was inappropriate.
I made a similar post today on another item I was interested in, and the seller was very happy to be corrected, changed the price which he'd been hanging onto for nearly a week, and sold the item within ten minutes.
By the time I went back to the thread, the poncho was long gone: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=69221