I had no problems with the post until it became clear that there was significant post editing happening among this guy's posts. Most of the time people mention why they edit posts, or edits are for spelling or small errors. Looking at the heavy post-editing going on here, the guy makes himself look pretty guilty of something. Now that doesn't mean he isn't a nice guy, and maybe he really does need a tent. But life is about priorities - is this PIF important to the community? Only you can decide. Had he simply left all his posts unedited I would feel quite differently than I do now. As it is, I agree with the above poster about how you ask for something nicely. Sure, plenty of people will comment and be angry and give someone a hard time about asking for stuff for free no matter how you do it. But if you do it nicely, usually lots of people want to help. I will reserve judgement on his choice to sell previous items that were PIF'd to him... he can do what he wants with what is his. But it is also the right of members on this site to point that out and/or be offended by it - and there are consequences for our actions that we must all be held accountable to. Nobody should be trash talking this guy, but there's also nothing wrong with trying to show the community what he might do with this PIF later on. There's also a question of intelligence here, because any smart individual who got to the point where they were willing to sell something that was given to them free on this site would know not to list it for sale again here, and would either sell it to a friend, or at very least on ebay or a different website.... there's a combination of general lack of respect for the community being shown here, as well as a lack of respect for himself. Most people don't go lamenting how broke they are to the world, its kind of embarrassing.
note: edited for spelling