I remember when it was like that to. Maybe the crowd has changed.
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My good news is I've had 99% positive transactions on this site, going back 10 years. Only 1 exception, a guy who was a total asshat when I called him with a problem on a product he sold me. Tempting to name him but not into flame fanning. Besides, that's a darn good ratio.
Most of the forums are pleasant in nature here. A handful of bullying bad apples. Note I have my photo and most of my real name here. I wish that was mandatory, as the anonymity of masked user names feeds and waters the bullies.
I 2nd Jake's request to live by the golden rule.
Very few people post here compared to the number of those who read posts. And I suspect that even greater number don't even read or read very little, only trade, so most are definitely not part of the community. It's not just Audiogon you know.
I don't trade here much, can't comment except that all my transactions went very well, though only one was recent.
As for low ballers, it can be subjective, sometimes the price seems to be too high. But yeah, it appears to be becoming a kind of bazaar. That's unpleasant.
Also, many Old Guard don't post often if at all. Not really interesting to them, I guess. I understand.