joining a board is a cheap way to sell. unlike ebay or etsy, there is little or no competition, so your prices can be a little higher, as can your shipping. also, ebay and etsy take a cut, whatever it is, of your sales. not so here unless you have an agreement with the big cahuna. aditionally, here you have a captive buying market, so to speak. if you're selling sewing or craft items, boy, you have really zeroed in on a concentrated market. how do we know if these sellers have joined other sewing/quilting/crafts forums as well, doing the same thing. why not? we're a free venue for this kind of thing.