Not quite. I don't like a lot of the CRAP coming across in this forum, and that's what it is. First of all, don't give me any of this "EAC rules and requirements" stuff. EAC has absolutely no rules and regulations pertaining to eBay or other venue for buying and selling coins. I have met and interacted with dozens of EAC members, many of whom I might refer to as "friends" because of our interactions through coins. EAC is anything but an "elitist" organization, unless by "elitist" you mean that we treat each other with respect and courtesy, regardless of whether there is money involved or none. EAC does not tell anyone what they can or should collect, nor require anyone to justify his own buying or selling actions.
However, when EAC people get together, one major thing that happens is that they learn from one another. Many people on ebay have no idea that many of the nicer coins even exist. That's not elitist; it's simply a fact that they have never been exposed to coppers beyond what is offered on ebay for $.99. The more you learn, the more you see, and are offered better material, coins without holes, gouges, not scrubbed with abrasives, etc. It is not elitist to want better coins--I don't know anyone who deliberately looks for coins which are bent, have holes, etc. for a normal collection. They want the best they can afford for their collections. Obviously, I'm not going to own an XF 1803 cent if my price limit is $50 or $100. But that doesn't mean I have to settle for a very porous or corroded coin, maybe a nice, clean VG. Over the years, I have moved from being a $100 collector to being a $1000 collector, but have interacted and shared with the $100,000 collectors from the start.
The point is, Bob, that to hide porosity or corrosion with a low resolution photograph when one could easily do better, is not the way I want to be treated by a friend or fellow collector. Now maybe that pushes the bids higher, maybe it isn't bad enough that the buyer round trips the coin, but I thought the object of a hobby was fun and enjoyment, not to agonize about how bad your latest buy is. I don't think my attitude is elitist, it is certainly not EAC official policy. But when I see someone promoting himself as an "EAC Dealer", my first reaction is "good guy", "no problem"--maybe I need to adjust that feeling. Maybe he should say "EAC people not wanted, stay away". That works, too.
Oh, sorry, but we're not going away, right Randy?