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#1 Sep 07 2010 at 10:30 AM Rating: Good
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Now that the servers are in maintenance, I'm sure a lot of you are scanning the forums like I am, so I'll make my plea to the ZAM community:

Please name your retainer something descriptive!

We all know the lack of AH sucks, we all know the retainer system sucks, but let's try to make it a little better by using better nicknames.

QualityGear = Good name
ArmorRUS = Good name
CrystalInc = Sounds good

Don't name it something cutesy, or BuyMyStuff.

The wards make me so frustrated, I can barely stand to browse 5 retainers before I'm fed up and leave. So naming yourself QualityGear will always get me to scan your stuff, KupoInc, not so much.

Thanks!

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#2 Sep 07 2010 at 10:52 AM Rating: Default
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I agree with this post. have some variety of course. But try to name your retainer something that targets your customer base.

Like is you sell shields I think putting shield or armor some thing in your name would increase sales.
#3 Sep 07 2010 at 10:59 AM Rating: Decent
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That's what I'm saying Sparky! Thanks! :D
#4 Sep 07 2010 at 11:03 AM Rating: Excellent
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The only problem I foresee is what happens when you decide to change what you sell? Can you change your retainer's name? I haven't tried yet.

What I think would be nice is a way to designate different levels of the market wards for different items. In Gridania the levels are broken down by names and colors of trees, like Black Oak or Golden Willow. It would be easier if say, all crystals were sold on the Black Oak level and all weapons on the Golden Willow level.

As it stands now everyone crowds into the first level and I sink my time scanning through bazaars, finding mostly fishing bait and flowers. -_-
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#5 Sep 07 2010 at 11:34 AM Rating: Decent
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I agree. Organize the market area too so that each area might sell specific goods. Would make searching way easier. Of course their can still be "general market areas" for people who sell all types of stuff. But if you want to be specific and specific area might work best.

Players can do this without SE changing anything. It'll just take some organization and spreading the knowledge to other players. You'll still see general merchants in these areas but if most people follow "player standards" it'll make it a bit easier to find things.

Remember guys as with all MMOs its about community. If we spread the word to organize people might actually do it.
#6 Sep 07 2010 at 11:39 AM Rating: Decent
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its a shame we only get one retainer (without buying more) as I am probably selling more than just one selection of stuff
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#7 Sep 07 2010 at 11:44 AM Rating: Decent
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olaurelindorenan wrote:
The only problem I foresee is what happens when you decide to change what you sell? Can you change your retainer's name?


I'd like to know this as well.
#8 Sep 07 2010 at 11:58 AM Rating: Good
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Unfortunately you can't change your retainer's name. I for one, plan on getting multiple retainers. I know, each is an extra $ a month, it can add up.

But if you used a name like QualityGear, then you can sell weapons, leather stuff, shields, woven headpieces etc which all fall into that category.

The way the game is, gear and crystals are the most high in demand commodities, so those should definitely be clearly labeled. Too many people are just selling random crap, basically any and everything they get from enemy drops, those are the retainers that just clutter up space in my opinion.

And I'm all for the segmenting market wards idea as well. That will be harder to implement as it involves player coordination. With the retainer name, you can control it yourself, and will likely get more customer as a result.

Thanks!

Edited, Sep 7th 2010 2:16pm by LalafellYahwey
#9 Sep 07 2010 at 12:12 PM Rating: Decent
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My retainer is StopandShop because that is what you do in the Market Wards haha. Might change it for retail tho.
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#10 Sep 07 2010 at 12:17 PM Rating: Decent
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Yeah sorry Tuck that's not descriptive enough. Make it about what you sell, cuz StopNShop applies to everyone.

Thanks!
#11 Sep 07 2010 at 12:25 PM Rating: Good
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LalafellYahwey wrote:
Yeah sorry Tuck that's not descriptive enough. Make it about what you sell, cuz StopNShop applies to everyone.

Thanks!


Well that's it. I am not selling anything specific. Would be silly of me to have a name like WeaponsRUS and I'm selling Gridania Acorns and Iron Ore etc. I don't want it to be too specific! I am going hardcore Weaver in retail maybe i'll name my retainer Bloomingdales...
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#12 Sep 07 2010 at 12:28 PM Rating: Good
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Yeah, I'm pretty sure I'm going to change mine, but right now it's called Sweets. lol I have a good idea for my new name, but don't want to post it in case it gets stolen lol.

I'm still willing to bet auction house is just around the corner, or at least a retainer search. Cause I sell way more items in my personal bazaar than my retainer does (she's sold 0, I might have to fire her).
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#13 Sep 07 2010 at 12:29 PM Rating: Decent
I named mine Weapons to catch peoples eye.

....and then filled it with junk that dropped while I was leveling. Smiley: lol
#14 Sep 07 2010 at 12:37 PM Rating: Decent
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I understand what you guys are saying, if you don't know what you'll selling, it's hard to give it a name. But chances are, you're probably not selling anything with a non-generic name.

At least for now, people just don't buy random drops, they want gear and crystal. Going forward, when the economy is more developed, we'll see more specialized retainers maybe, like WeaverMats, BlkSmthNeeds.

As for Lamnethx, yes you're cheating, :D But I'll probably look at your retainer every time becaues I'll think, oh maybe the last time I looked, he sold out of weapons.
#15 Sep 07 2010 at 1:00 PM Rating: Decent
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if forcing people to pay $1 extra every month, or multiple $1 for multiple retainers, just to sell different type of goods, then it's a big NO NO to me...
#16 Sep 07 2010 at 1:06 PM Rating: Excellent
I'm naming mine IGotWood since he/she will mainly be selling the wood I get from gathering and stuff I Carpenter up.
#17 Sep 07 2010 at 1:07 PM Rating: Good
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Nice name, but now everyone is going to steal it lol.
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#18 Sep 07 2010 at 1:10 PM Rating: Excellent
Oenos wrote:
Nice name, but now everyone is going to steal it lol.


lol true
#19 Sep 07 2010 at 1:32 PM Rating: Good
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I plan on buying 3 to 4 retainers, I'll name them things like "WeavingSupplies" "Crystals" "Ingredients"

Nice little scheme Se has going with not allowing you to rename retainers
#20 Sep 07 2010 at 1:33 PM Rating: Good
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Lamnethx of the Seven Seas wrote:
I named mine Weapons to catch peoples eye.

....and then filled it with junk that dropped while I was leveling. Smiley: lol


That would make me never buy from you again. Unless you had good prices

Edited, Sep 7th 2010 3:34pm by samosamo
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#22 Sep 07 2010 at 1:45 PM Rating: Excellent
My Weaver retainer is going to be named Pants so you'll get messages like Pants invites you to a party.
#23 Sep 07 2010 at 2:29 PM Rating: Good
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Since I'm one of the losers with nothing better to do but browse the zombie wards looking for that good deal I'll add this...don't name your retainer something like "Cloth Goods" and then not have any weaving mats!! See that's where I don't like the specific naming process. What you thought you might be selling or what you were selling has now changed and now you're false advertising = P

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My Weaver retainer is going to be named Pants so you'll get messages like Pants invites you to a party.

Nice

Edited, Sep 7th 2010 4:30pm by TwistedOwl
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#24 Sep 07 2010 at 3:29 PM Rating: Decent
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lol, Yahwey. I totally agree though, I've seen a few people that have them and I always check though. Usually it's about crystals though, and not gear.
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