Just Hams or Businesses in Disguise?

This is the place to discuss the QTH.com Classifieds (http://swap.qth.com). Please be constructive.
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K6TLA
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Just Hams or Businesses in Disguise?

Post by K6TLA » Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:34 pm

Qth has long been my favorite venue for ham radio equipment sales. It's a great source for the average ham who might be looking for something or have something to pass on. The site has largely been taken over by what appears to be businesses using QTH as a free advertising venue for what is in reality a commercial operation. Let's look at the callsigns associated with these businesses. All are frequent, repetitive posters and have far more equipment to sell than any private ham could ever have. Callsigns of the obvious businesses include W8EK, K3DUA, W4JST, KK4WS, K4WSB, W8CRH, WY4A, WB2IMH and several others. W8EK gets the all time award for most frequent, repetitive, overly spacious, unreasonably descriptive, and overall annoying blather of ads. A person must also question whether these volume dealers are paying state and federal taxes on the proceeds of their businesses. The shear volume of what they offer would make one think they should be. Maybe the answer here is a separate section for dealers. Personally I wouldn't touch anything from the above named callsigns and others with a ten foot pole. It would be nice to have the option of seeing or not seeing what they are pushing and leaving the rest of the site to the private hams it should be intended for.

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