Okay, so now two of my posts have been removed because I made comments about the prices of used Leica lenses recently.
My earlier comment was about the fact that there should be some accountability from new members before selling high ticket items, such as "used" Leica lenses. These used lenses are selling for thousands more than new ones, from new members with 1 post! I also mentioned that I was humbled by the fact that GetDPI members usually offer their gear for substantial discounts before going to other sites like Ebay. Perhaps a minimum of 10 posts or more could establish a photographers profile, so potential buyers can be more assured of a safe transaction. Lens availability obviously drives market price, but this is absurd! New members are coming online everyday selling used lenses for thousands more than new ones! My comment suggested that one should also check other "trusted" dealers before sending thousands of dollars to a private seller with no feedback and therefore no recourse if the sale goes sour. Common sense can't always be enough in these forums as fraud and speculation will prevail.
These prices will set a precedent that will be hard to mitigate, so I think it's only fair to try to put in a few standards that might weed out the potential scam. Ebay has feedback scores that are easily accessed, perhaps a feedback score next to the number of posts here can be used in the same manner. GetDPI feels more like a community than any other site; names such as; fotografz, seibel, peterA, Guy, Jack, bensonga, d&a, jonoslack,Don Libby, Ken Doo(kdphotography), and many many others give this site a unique "family" quality that's unlike any other! My comments are not meant to criticize the moderators, but only meant to offer suggestions to obtain the highest level of quality that we've come to expect at GetDPI.