I appreciate that some members resent the fact that their freely shared knowledge is used for the profit of others. I'm also aware that the shared knowledge has usually taken many years of hard work to attain and is given away in the blink of an eye, sometimes without even a word of thanks.
There are many members of this forum who are up to their necks in online auctions and providing they follow the rules of the website, they have always been, and always will, be very welcome. They are welcome because they give us an opportunity to discuss items that perhaps in the ordinary run of events we may never get to see, and thus learn about. Remember, the answers that are given to questions are not just for the OP, but for anyone interested enough to read them, what may appear to help the OP only initially, in fact may help perhaps thousands of others over the years.
Over the years there have been several members who have joined the forum as online sellers seeking information, and have repaid the help given many times over by becoming active on the website and/or providing images for our use, often going out of their way to get them to us.
It should also be remembered, that just because someone sells items of silver online, that that means they cannot be a serious collector/student of other items of silver. I'm sure many members have disposed of pieces of of silver when their collections have become less eclectic.
This forum has been successful because of the willingness of its members to share, let's keep it that way.http://www.925-1000.com/ebaynote.html