I'm not entirely sure I agree with you Nick and I think your point would have been better made if you had actually started a discussion about something Cabourn related. For example have you seen this crazy B7 Sheepskin Parka that Corniche have got in. Not my cup of tea (and I seriously considered buying the sleeping bag jacket from last year) but somebody might be interested. The details look insane. Hopefully I'll find time to nip in the next time I'm back home in Edinburgh. http://www.corniche.org.uk/display1.php?Nigel%20Cabourn%20Coat%20B7%20Sheepskin%20Parka&id=1061
To be honest I don't really understand where you're coming from especially since you've been trying to sell stuff via this forum all summer. Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm pretty sure one of the last comments you made in the thread was about trying to sell a cameraman from a previous season? I personally don't see any difference between that and the posts above.
If the posts above were spam (and I'm prepared to give the benefit of the doubt to the guy who has a lot of stuff on ebay and had to relist it) then I'd agree with you but I don't think they are and I think they have gone about it in the right way (certainly the guys from Independence). I'm not fully au fait with the forum rules but I think vendors are allowed to post about their stock once and then maybe again if there is a price drop or something to protect the affiliate vendors. I don't think there is anything to stop vendors contributing to the conversation and that's fine with me. Would be good if some of the guys who have actually handled the goods contributed more although you obviously don't expect someone who is selling the product to provide a bad review.
The folk from Independence seem like good guys from their other posts on the forum and I'd have no hesitation in buying from them. Maybe not Cabourn as its easier for me to buy in the UK but certainly some of the other brands they have. It might also help someone stateside become introduced to Nigel Cabourn by going in to their shop to see the goods in person, allowing them to physically compare the brand to others and see for themselves if the price is worth it.
They have also provided some really good pictures of the new season stock which actually enhances the thread in my opinion. The colours on all the Mallory's this year seem to really pop and that comes through in their pictures.