I agree with this. Flippers are just businessmen that make money at the expense of both the craftsmen and the buyers. The craftsmen deserve to be paid a good wage for their work. The buyers deserve to appreciate a good knife made by these craftsmen (and from the perspective of a craftsman, they would probably wish that their crafts can be appreciated by as many as will appreciate it). Flippers don't really deserve anything and offer nothing in the value chain. Do they make anything? Sure they do, they make things more expensive for the consumer.I support Dave in this- flippers increase price and scarcity- whether this is a hobby or one’s livelihood, it makes knife buying more difficult and expensive for the rest of us.
Obviously sellers will hate it when people discuss their FS items. There is nothing to gain by sharing information about price history. Look at the Canadian real estate market, for example. Real estate board tries to hide all of the historical information from buyers so that they can hold all the cards, but look what's happening now. Consumers are demanding to be better informed. So the question really comes down to this, are "transparency" and "integrity" considered to be values shared by this forum? If so, then calling people out is not a problem whatsoever.