Wow, surprised at the negative responses here. I just recently found the PIF forum and think it's great, especially compared to some I've seen on other forums that I wouldn't want to be a part of. I'm only on my second transaction but have been very impressed with the folks on the forum, the generosity, and how well what's is basically an "honor system" is operating.
The PIF is giving me a chance to try out some DIY items (like an alcohol stove) that I wouldn't have otherwise. It also has me looking through my drawers and boxes for things that others might appreciate.
I think it says a lot about the members and moderators here that the vast majority of the transactions are running smoothly.
I say give it a try before you pass judgement on it. It's actually a lot of fun.