Dutch is right about the PIF requirement. There have been a few instances of folks receiving goods but not shipping their promised items. Increasing the post requirement not only raises the standard of commitment to the community before receiving free goods (which can be gamed), but also gives the other members a better feel for whether they want to enter into a business arrangement (even if it's "free") with that member. Then it becomes caveat emptor and it's harder to game.
The post count requirement isn't perfect, but it's the best option that we have to work with at this time.
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