This is exactly what winds people up. The Co-op make elementary mistakes, it gets commented on (admittedly sometimes it goes too far, but I don’t think this has) everyone gets defensive.
Even in this thread Co-op members have put the blame on people not bidding early enough. Why not just say ‘you’re right. We ####ed up, we sold an asset for a tenth of its value, this is what we’ll do to stop it happening again’.
It’s not the first time this has happened. There were some replica shirts a couple of years ago in the cabin. I told Dave Marchbank they were worth £50-£60 each and shouldn’t be sold for a tenner. Dave tried to retrieve them to be told that nobody would pay that much for an old shirt. I bought a couple of them and sold them on the next week for £50. So I’ve no faith anything will change.
As for standing for election, there’s pretty much nothing about the Co-op that makes me want to stand. If the Co-op was a full time employer, I wouldn’t dream of applying to work there. Where’s the vision? Where’s the manifesto of what you’re going to achieve over the next 12/24/36 months? Rather than just saying ‘don’t like us? Stand and change it’, what is the Co-op doing to attract quality people to get involved and stand for election? It works both ways.