I'm all about giving this game's designs and concepts the benefit of the doubt. But this retainer bazaar system is beyond useless.
For example, I helped an LS mate find a shield in the wards, but they still couldn't buy it because the retainer in question wouldn't load on their screen. Obviously in this situation I could have bought it for them, but if searching solo it's aggravating to think I may be missing my desired item because the retainer that may be selling it just won't load.
I've been searching for Lightning Shards for days now so that I can level Weaving. But all I come across are folks seeking for them. It doesn't make sense that I have to spend days scouring about 20 some ward zones to try and find something as simple as Shards.
Granted, it's possible that through speaking with people, I can find someone who can make the item for which I am looking, thus creating a "supply and demand" situation where this friend of a friend of a friend who might just happen to have the materials from five different DoH classes that are required for a Rank 7 item will now charge me an exorbitant price because they know this pretty much is the only place I can get it.
So here is a step by step list of instructions on how to fix this:
1. Create a search function. Allow us to type in what item we are looking for and bring up a list of retainers selling/seeking said item. Or just allow us to browse by category.
2. Make it so we can purchase/sell the item through this search, or make /ta "Name" a function. Still, conducting business through this search function would be ideal.
3. Now that there is a search function and we can buy/sell through it, delete the Market Ward zones.
4. Call this new interface an Auction House.
It's been proven that, despite SEs lack of outward communication, we have the power to get our message through to them. This needs to be as big of an issue as surplus was.
Edited, Sep 9th 2010 6:12pm by Sephrick