I am having a hard time finding info on the market economy of FFXIV. I have heard it said that there will be no auction house, but I can't find any interviews or where that information cam from. I know they said accounts come with one "pack mule" that basically sounds like a character to act as a bazaar while you aren't actively playing online.
So will we be required to stay logged on to sell from a "bazaar" or will this character persist in the world even when we are logged off?
Are there any ideas about how the bazaar system will work? It does seem odd that we might have to search through hundreds of bazaars to find a weapon we are looking for, or whatever.... but I am assuming they would make the system a little more sophisticated than that.
I had a couple of thoughts on this. First, I was wondering if most gear will not be able to be re-sold after purchsed - like in some other games such as LOTRO. Basically once you buy it, it's bound to you. This would basiclaly make it such that crafters were the primary sellers in the game. If that is the case, the "bazaar" syetem would probably be setup such that section of town would be geared towards specific types of crafted items, and the "bazaars" associated with those craft items would be clustered in those areas. so instead of searching random player's bazaars you would stroll over to the leathercrafting bazaars (or whatever) to find items crafted by leathercrafters. This would still be a bit burensom, but maybe not as bad as completely random bazaars.
The other thing I was thinking of was that there might be some kind of exchange set up with a middle-man so to speak. If you are wantign to buy gear you can go to the exchange and place the most you are willing to pay for a certain item. Then crafter (or anyone willing to sell that gear) can browse the exchange and if they decide to sell for that price they can craft the item for you or place it on the exchange in return for the money. So it would not be an auction house per se, but it would function very similarly. The benefit over an auction house would be that price histories could not artificially affect the market value of goods. It would be a lot harder for RMT to ***** around with the system this way (at least in theory - we all know they will find loopholes in any system).
Any other ideas or info out there regarding the FFXIV market economy?