I rather not have an auction system at all in FFXIV. IMO, it's too easy to be manipulated by RMT.
Other games auction houses are not run by RMT. XI had/has RMT Ah problems because of the way game play was. Normal players couldn't have armies of characters farming 24/7; normal players couldn't use these truckloads of mats to craft 24/7; normal players didn't want to waste time crafting 1,000s of times for razor thin profits.
RMT in XI were unique, RMT in other games don't hold a candle to the techniques used in XI.
Instead just have shops to sell your wares for your customers. The shop could be like your mog house in FFXI except the zoning of course.
This is a nice idea. I liked browsing shops in in Rolanberry Fields. But it's not a practical solution to handling player to player trade 100%. AH systems best feature is the ability to categorize items to make your search quick. People won't want to spend hours browsing shop looking for that item they need.
I think this should be used for sure, but as an addition to some kind of AH system.
If there is an AH system, it should be a real auction, not some anonymous seller that could be over or under cutting the market. Besides, I rather not purchase from a RMT or some jerk on my /blist if I can help it.
I agree with this 100%. That's why I like other games Ah systems. You can see the people who have listed the items and decide who you want to buy from.
Well, se said they're wont be an AH but something else.
SE also said there won't be a character level. But weapons skill level will determine a character's strength. So still going to have a leveling system of sorts.
I would dare say there will be an AH system of sorts, they will just not call it an Auction House.
Mithra = Miqo'te
Elvaan = Elezen
Auction House = Mercantile Center?
The purpose of a "buy now" button in the first place is to put the item at a price that is over priced and that the seller would automatically agree too. The reason that the seller automatically agrees to this price is because its higher than a bid would probably go, which in result means overpriced. It would be no purpose in bidding if the "buy now" price was at a reasonable price. Why bid when if other people join in on the bid it probably will go at least the same or even higher than the "buy now" price. It wouldn't make sense to even bid on anything if the "buy now" price wasn't overpriced. In result an auction system just punishes the people that want the item instantly, or doesn't have the time or patience to wait on a bid to finish. This forces people to either wait days in order to get every little thing, or be forced to buy an item that is overpriced. People buy and sell items a million times a day, it would get tedious after one day of playing in this kind of system especially if I was a crafter.
I'm just guessing, but you haven't used this type system before have you?
The buy it now feature does not mean overpriced. It means "this is what I'll take right now for the item." The prices adjust to a market standard just like any other system.
If someone were to put 1 mythril ore up with a bid of 1000 and buy of 5000. It would end up getting 1 person to bid and it would sit until the auction ends because no one will pay the 5000 when the market price is normally around 1000. (except people that absolutely need 1 ore and cant wait a few hours for another to be posted)
The "buy it" price tends to match the market price of items. The bids are usually pointless except for a couple of scenarios. 1. People bidding on low priced bids to try to gather cheap items of AH (don't ask why people sell common items for bid only, i dont know why. I do know they tend to make less than if they would have "buy now" it for going prices.) 2. A rare item that a seller uses only a bid sale as the rarity can drive prices very high. (if someone put a K-club on a bid only with start price of 1 gil, what do you think it will sell for after 3 days? if it bazaars for 45 mil, it will probably sell for around 45 mil, but may go higher if people haven't seen it around for a while. Edited, Jan 11th 2010 1:46pm by RobbyFaces