I guess because Redsquirrel has been paying the bills to keep the lights on and this is the direction he has chosen to take his site down?
Your making to much senses quit it. LolThe $15 membership allows you to use the classified section and enter the hunting competition. You can still use every other feature of the site. Why would you leave? Why be angry? So what if you can’t sell or buy. There are lots of other sites. There are no other sites with the information available here. That information is still free.
1. where are you going to see all the saddle items in one classified?
How about because he wanted to keep the sections of the site that contribute to people's safety and general saddle hunting information free, so he only limited the classifieds section?
Some, not all, users are profiting from classified ads on the site. If this site was not SOMEHOW monetized in some way to benefit the site owner, it would eventually fail. You can't have expected this excellent resource to exist free for your benefit forever.