Sometimes members will ask for direct contact with another to resolve a problem via TeamViewer/Crossloop for instance. And we do this quite freely.
Also Off Topic is where the HTG 'family' get to know each other quite well and we connect outside of HTG.
I have made many new friends through OT and keep in regular contact by email, IM and phone. (I look forward to LH's phone calls after a few rums...lol)
@warlock, you are quite right. A member in the US wanted my camera but the shipping costs outweighed the bargain value.
The workaround may not be that far away. Researchers at Cambridge University are working on a project that could be available soon.
Seller offers item, buyer says 'I want'. Seller scans item into PC, zips the item and uploads to Dropbox. Buyer then downloads item and unpacks item.
This could be the ramblings of an old git who has watched too much Startrek perhaps, or a pipe dream.