So far, the only people I see posting are supporters. Of course you'll get a resounding YES from them.
Well, this is fine and all, but what about us folks who have had a number of positive transactions on Epic already? I've sold 3 or 4 sets of skis, and about a half dozen other pieces of gear (jackets, bindings, etc.). It seems that you're kinda forgetting about some of us who have been "good citizens". Heck, half the deals I have made have lead to getting to know people, and setting up future trips/crash pads/etc. That'll go away now - or at least severely impair it.
I think your rules are a knee-jerk reaction to one bad apple, and I think you're making a mistake. I think alot of great deals are going to fall by the wayside, along with the "Hey - I'm looking for XXX. Can anyone help?" type threads. It (scams) can and will still happen. A $20 "membership" is not going to be a deterrent for someone with enough motivation. Added to which, you're going to have to "mod the hell" out of the classifieds now to make sure nobody "sneaks" something in there, meaning you'll see a lot of spam bombs - "HEY - THESE SKIS XXX IS SELLING ARE GREAT!! i HAVE A PAIR TOO THAT I WOULD SELL IF YOU DON'T LIKE THOSE FOR ANY REASON" and all that type of nonsense... It will creat animosity, and a real "tattle tail" environment. I'd be pissed if I saw somebody pulling that kind of stuff Iif I wasn't able to, so I'd be the first in line. Anyway...
But it's your board. Part of the reason I come here is to check out the deals on things I would probably otherwise NOT buy. I guess you'll save me some money, but considering the other pieces of gear I had decided to move this weekend, someone else will miss out. So be it.
This whole thing is way to reactionary though. If you think you can "protect yourself", I think you are sadly mistaken.