Rep used to mean something - now though - well look at the "Hello...friend?" post. (No harm to GARNER2015 meant)
As I'm writing this, they've got 90 rep points, just for saying Hello on their first post.
Rep means nothing. You get morons, down flagging you, because they don't understand a joke, posted in the joke section...? As already pointed out, loads of rep, just for saying Hello.
It's already been pointed out, that certain parts of the forum you can't even give rep, if you're just mortal. It's been requested from the Admin, to fix this problem for years, and years, but they've never bothered to try and fix it.
I throw some rep around for the fun of it, some times. If I was going to buy something from someone, I'd want to see their ebay rep.