|Re: I'd guess....|
Message #8 Posted by blurdybloop on 25 Nov 2005, 2:47 p.m.,
in response to message #7 by Peter Geiser
It isn't just "buy cheap and sell dear." It's everything else that he does.
He evidentally has considerable social engineering skills to convince people to sell to him without allowing the auction to run its course. It's one thing if the seller was foolish and posted a ridiculously low BuyItNow price; it's quite another when he talks a naive seller into setting such a price or to close the auction early.
He cheats. Many of us have noted how he changes his auctions at the last moment to a cheap mouse in order to avoid paying the listing fees for his overpriced items.
I wouldn't be surprised if he also cheats the IRS and the California Franchise Tax Board. Someone should alert these agencies that he may not be reporting all his profits.
Last (and least) he openly states his contempt for the community.
Pissing into the community well pollutes the water for everybody else. Draining the well of much of its clean water before pissing into it makes the pollution worse. Even if the well renews its water and presently becomes clean again, there is only so much abuse that it can take.
Coburlin is a well-pisser. He undercuts the good will that is necessary for any hobbyist community. I've seen too many hobbyist communities die because of well-pissers; or worse, they react by becoming closed secret communities with nearly-impossible barriers to entry.
MOHPC is a wonderful resource to defend the well and its water. Nevertheless, I see the bad signs. The moment we stop caring that someone is pissing in our well is the moment we stop caring about newbies.
Hopefully, this particular well-pisser will eventually move on and piss in someone else's well.