Reading these threads has made me take a closer look at many FST members, and their motivations.
I have come to the conclusion that there are two types of FST members. Those that are genuine, and those that are not.
Invite trading is standard fare on this board, and most do it. The few that don't just give them away. This thread is NOT about invite trading.
What this thread is actually about, is account trading.
Is it right or is it wrong? This depends on the nature of the trade. I have noticed two types of trader on this board.
The one-off trader
This person has an account that they no longer need. They were probably a good member of the donor community, but have moved on, or found something else more to their liking.
Basically, this person now has an account that they no longer need, and rather than let it die, with it's buffer, wish for someone else to benefit from that account.
They will probably use that account as collateral for something they currently do not have.
This person has a genuine interest in releasing an old account and acquiring a new account, so that they can savour the wares.
The wheeler dealer trader
This is a person who's entire life seems to revolve around perpetual trading. They will acquire an account simply to use it for a further trade. They have no interest in the content of the trade, only that they have the trade.
Sometimes, these wheeler dealers will trade something they don't have, just to keep their names on the tips of everyone's tounges.
These people I understand the least. Most of us are here to fileshare, or to further our filesharing by acquiring new sources. For the wheeler dealer, filesharing takes a distant second place to account trading.
These people do filesharing more harm than good, trading indescriminately, without thought to the people who actually care.
The second type, wheeler dealer, is on the increase within these forums. Only recently, I have read several threads all started by one single member, offering accounts with buffers for trade. I wonder if the accounts actually exist. Also the winners of these so called giveaways (trades?) are unknowns on this forum.
I don't say this lightly. When reading threads here, you get to know who the contributors are (fstrulz, skizo, JA, saulin, frize etc. etc. etc.). Even if you have never seen a name before, you can still see their stats, such as join date and how many posts they have made. Strange then that a lot of giveaway winners are n00bs who have joined within the last few days of the giveaway.
There are a lot of genuine members here, who offer invites and accounts without malice, yet there is a growing trend among the few to be deceitful to their peers.
Personally, the wheeler dealer account trader is a waste of space, and they are taking up valuable accounts that genuine member would put to better use. Also, they are profiteering from account trading, in an environment where we are supposed to share for free.