When the budget is small, treasure hunting is justified.
I bought all the plate flaws at the price of a common stamp.
To succeed in this I had to look for information (thank you stampcommunity, stamporama, etc.), buy catalogs (or receive them for free-thank you Postmaster GS) or other works specialized.
Is it wrong if I have accumulated information, to use them during the purchase?
As a person who has to read every single thread and post I am pretty well schooled on how folks post, how they help, and how the community works.
In my opinion this is not about 'budgets'; it is about consideration. There are 'givers' and 'takers' in this world and this community is the same. Some folks here offer their time and try to help others. While other folks here will occasionally donate a few dollars to the community. These folks are 'givers'.
But there are others who only 'take' and give nothing back. They come into the community and not only 'take' the help they want but they selectively ignore or even push back when told they do not have an expensive stamp.
If someone is coming here (or other resources) and getting free education, if they are making money from that help; then the considerate thing to do is to 'give back'. Even if the person is of little means, they can still find ways to 'give back' (consideration even includes something as simple as listening to the help they are getting).
The 'takers' should not think that this is not understood by most people here (and at other resources). We have all seen this happen hundreds of times. A person comes and find much help but over time others figure out that there is no 'giving back'. The help slowly stops and their threads get very few responses.
And of course we also have a few people who think themselves smart and pretend the be all about 'education' and try to hide the treasure hunting; but many of us have seen this many times too. It is easy to see and the same thing happens; fewer and fewer people will offer help.
If a treasure hunter is considerate of the community and gives back what they can then I think they will continue to get plenty of help.
Stamporama forum no longer offers 'free' treasure hunter advice, it is going to paid a forum next month. This makes this forum even more valuable and I hope that everyone understands that 'consideration' is what makes this community work.