Idk, i felt a bit of sympthy for faust. Not enough to totally agree with him because he seems like a tool, but he thinks there's something special about being an enthusiast of avant garde clothing above simply wanting to buy and wear dope shit--it's a connection to the vision of a designer, who they view as artists/artisans and that's why it's cool to them. Grailed is less about the expression of the designer/artisan and more about kopping fire jawnz. I think it's legitimate to think there's something objectionable to that, even if you might disagree, and I think it's also legitimate to be worried that the hypebeast element will crowd out the people who like artisinal stuff and it'll cheapen their silly but still very real self-conception as a connoisseur of clothing.
I guess the comparison could be made to like, high end wine--you can think a Bordeaux as an expression of winemaking ability and centuries of tradition and an expression of terrior but now it's just a status symbol for chinese oligarchs. If you've been in the wine collecting game for a while for the aforementioned reasons, it probably pisses you off for the latter, though you could be rightly accused of elitism for having that viewpoint (not to mention it's legit to be salty that they're running up the price of this thing that you like, which sucks regardless of whether or not its for the "wrong" reasons).
I think both the "there is something being lost here" and the "you're being an elitist dick" viewpoints are legitimate. You can't stop the graildificiation of fashion and that sucks for guys like faust, but at the same time, it actually does suck for guys like faust.
Also maybe i'm just used to pumping out pseudo intellectual garbage but I didn't think his writing style was that offensive either.
See, when I first read that I had the immediate reaction that a lot of us did, and then I started to feel some sympathy, like you. I realized there was some element of sincerity in his despair, and I'm a sucker for genuine sincerity, something that seems to be increasingly rare. I started to take pity on a man that seemed genuinely upset that something he has committed himself to (the consumption of publicly available consumer goods) had been hijacked by people he doesn't understand.
Then I realized that that wasn't the case at all, and any sympathy for his viewpoint is really just patronizing. His whole thought process and complaints are centered around some misguided, juvenile attempts at elitism, trying to establish an implied ownership over commercial goods produced specifically to be consumed. He says forums have "immense influence", but in the same sentence he says why this isn't actually the case at all (the complex dynamics and learning curve, the fact that they are rarely mentioned in the fashion press. His forum even goes one step further towards being less influential, specifically because of the way they jack up the exclusivity barriers. He and his forum will never be as influential as they want to be to the greater fashion universe, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't keep being hobbyists. It just means they shouldn't take it as a slight when other hobbyists show up with a different M.O
He seems to take a major gripe with the lowballing that takes place there, the sort of "spray and pray" methodology of lowball offering by some users (in the hopes that maybe they can snag 1 out of 20 things they have their eye on at a ludicrously low price and be happy enough with that) and the disconnect between personality that comes with buying from a forums user, and empty storefront feeling that comes from buying on grailed. These are all topics that have come up here too, but the solution is obvious - you don't have to sell to someone for less than you want to get. You don't have to sell something at all on there. If the process of ignoring lowball offers takes up too much of your time, then just pull your listing and keep the item or sell it elsewhere.
Hell, if you simply don't like the tone of the voice of someone trying to buy from you, or what state they live in, or the day of the week they make an offer on your item, you don't actually have to sell it to them.
It's an open marketplace, and the fact that you aren't committed to selling an item means it will only sell for what it's worth. If you list stuff that people want, it will sell quickly and for a fair price. If you list stuff people don't want, it will linger and linger until you pull the listing or it's cheap enough that someone will take a chance on it.
He's lamenting the lack of clothing enthusiasm (fanaticism?) in the secondhand market. I can understand if he was an avant garde designer and was annoyed that people were emailing him to make lowball offers on new product because they thought his prices were too high in the firsthand market, but he's not.
This bitter man typed a lot of words to say he is unhappy with what Other People are doing with their used commercial goods because it hurts the credibility of the perception he has of himself.