This is a really good question, @HN308. On the one hand, I personally love how much you’re contributing to the forum because you’re spending a lot of your own time to help users find good deals. That’s huge and doesn’t go unappreciated.
But on the other hand, it appears you aren’t pleased when people choose to go with a broker over you. As a result, people are wondering what skin you have in the game if that’s something that frustrates you. Perhaps you’re just a competitive guy, but remember that brokers make their livelihood off of this, so I wouldn’t hold any resentment (in fact, I’d be pleased) toward a broker for finding a good, if not better deal.
Anyway, I’d love to hear your perspective on the above. Just because I, too, sometimes look into various vehicles to see what kinds of deals can be had. And if it’s something I know one of our registered brokers doesn’t cover, I’ll PM it to a user who needs help. Otherwise, I’ll refer them over to a broker. But I certainly wouldn’t be offended if someone took a broker’s deal over one that I’d found.
As a final note, let’s keep it diplomatic and use words wisely. Especially if you’ve got a label next to your name – your words will hold a lot of influence in the forum and it’s important to remember that.