More Trading ethics discussion?
Ernest R. Spradling, P.E. (freemason@AOL.COM)
Sun, 26 Sep 1993 10:28:42 EDT
On Fri, 24 Sep 1993, Ben Parker wrote:
>On Thu, 23 Sep 1993, Ernest R. Spradling, P.E. wrote:
>> something I heard recently regarding the next Jambo: they will >>NOT be
allowing ANY trading of ANY kind, neither will they be >>allowing ANY
>This must just be an ugly rumor. There is NO WAY to prevent >trading at the
Jamboree, except not to have a Jamboree. Oh, there >may be a rule against
it, but it will happen, rule or not.
>As to the idea of no visitors, BSA simply can't afford to alienate so >many
people. Over the course of the week, Jambo has more >visitors than
participants. Besides, why would the BSA want to >hide?
>There may be some feelings about trading, but if we have to cancel >the
Jambo just to bring trading under control, then something is very >rotten in
>I think this is simply a misunderstood rumor. The dust hasn't >settled on
the '93 Jambo yet, it is too soon to say what will or will >not happen in
Jeez, I HOPE it is an ugly rumor. The very thought of a few reckless,
criminal wolves undermining one of the fun things which allows people to
exchange acquaintances and come back with mementos of their meeting is
appalling to me. It bothers me even more that Irving TX would throw out the
baby with the bath water by imposing the rumored bans.
I still believe that the traders should get together and pose a united front
with ther local Councils and try to get Irving's attention (in a POSITIVE
way) to come up with self-policing policy recommendations, including booths
for helping young traders find values of old items and the prevention of
BTW, I still see no objection to Don I helping his son make an equitable
trade. There is nothing unethical that I can see about an older trader
helping a new trader. Now, if the adult trader was trying to burn the kid in
a trade between themselves, that should be another matter.
If it is a rumor, then the worst I have done by sharing it is continue the
discussion to try to resolve a potential situation before some wag decided to
make it official policy. I shudder at the alternatives.
I have enjoyed trading with everyone I have done so with, so far. Igot
mildly burnt once or twice, but fortunately it was not of too much value. I
chalked it up to the learning curve. I will contiue to trade, as long as
there are people who wish to do so with me. Let's face it, guys and gals, it
is fun (as well as habit-forming) and good fellowship!
As far as visitors are concerned, I want to see an open camp continue. Not
everyone can (or wants to) go to Jambo, but they might be able to squeeze a
day out of another trip in the area. Visiting the guys from home would also
let them know that the home boys care about them when they are away, too. :)
BTW, anyone want to trade? :D
Randy Spradling, P.E. (still trading after all these years)
Assistant District Commissioner Treasure Coast District, Gulfstream Council
(FL) Aal-Pa-Tah #237
Eagle Scout (1971)
Vigil Honor (1974)(Thal-Coo-Zyo #457) (Sukeu Woapalanne-Black Eagle)
Life Member Alpha Phi Omega Mu Tau Chapter (WV Tech)(Spring 1975)
Hope to be a critter soon.
(To know oneself is the ultimate form of aggression)
(Calvin: I let my mind wander and now I can't find it.)
(Mom: And I thought you had lost it years ago.)
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