The most advanced marketing economy in any game is EvE online. If you want to see how economy works in a game, you should look there.
Now back to the AH.
- You can make an AH region only
- You can prevent addons in FFXIV
- An AH will not promote botting or RMT
RMT works like this. There are kids who play a certain amount of time for real $. They must make a certain amount of Gil in that time frame. What they do when that time frame comes to an end is to sell the goods at very low profit so they will sell. If they do not sell the goods, the other RMT player will sell them. They will not influence the economy by an huge amount. They will not buy/resell. They grind goods/gil and try to quickly sell it. This can be good and bad, good because we, the players can buy goods cheap, bad because we, the players, who sell the same goods, get less profit. So they want to make any profit as fast as possible with the least amount of effort.
In the end, the Gil made, is sold for real $. So basically the Gil is not taken out of the game, and there for do not influence the economy.
Botting however is mostly done for levelling (while in the process sell the loot). Most botting you see in games where grinding is the main source of levelling or/if there is no mechanism to prevent botting. AH however does not promote botting and should not be used as an excuse to not implement an AH.
Also economy basics are supply and demand. This means that it will not ***** up grinding sites with angry players like someone said. If you are that kind of player that wants to make profit by grinding certain goods for huge profit, you are going to look for it. If you see prices are decreasing and time versus profit is not worth the effort anymore you are going to look for another opportunity. There are a lot of goods in FFXIV, so that there will be lots of spots to grind.
So in the end, if you see a RMT selling goods for low profit, be smart and buy the stack and resell them for easy Gil. This will not ***** up any economy in the game with an AH system.
Also, the RMT player can sell their goods for cheap with a retainer, there is no real difference. So again no excuse to not implement an AH system.
The retainer system as of now is crap for two reasons.
First you do not know at what price you can sell/buy your goods unless you research an huge amount of time to find the best price and even then it already could have changed. If you are looking for certain goods, you must be very lucky to either find it and find the lowest price.
Second. Some players like to play the AH game. The retainer mechanism is preventing this.
So if you want a search function implemented then it is way easier to implement an AH system and use the resources for the retainer to fix UI lag :P
Edited, Sep 10th 2010 9:03am by Shoomy
In regards to:
"- You can make an AH region only
- You can prevent addons in FFXIV"
to my best knowledge both of these points were in existance in FFXI (haven't player in a few years) and still RMT had a very real presence.
An on your statments that RMT's influence in the game's economy is small or non existante feels to me to be lack of fist hand knowledge. I still remember one Christmas (2005/06 ?) in which prices went over for 90 or even 100%. Now, either it happening during Christmas was just a big coincidence or a lot of people got their gifts online, used money given and spent it online, through the RMT that year.
Personally I don't care much what impact their sales have on the AH as the lower the price the best overall for everyone. This, as long as they do not use botting/exploits to obtain materials. What damages the game the most (in my view) is the Gil that is passed on from RMT to other players (if you can call these people players, cheaters would be best). Gil obtained by real money causes two inbalances: it doesn't reward effort ingame equally and causes the Gil buyers to not value said Gil and offering huge ammounts of it for something that the usual comunity considers of a lower value.
At the end of the day I don't care about RMT (with no botting), I would prefer to just ban all Gil byuers/sellers. Once this market is closed (one can only ope lol) the rest will be taken care of.