I agree that it's a good idea.
But you know what's even more important?
SELL VENDOR TRASH TO VENDORS YOU CRETINS!
Seriously. Right now, 99.5% of stuff in the market ward is vendor trash. 0.25% is massively overpriced (wind shards for 1k? Alrighty then.) 0.25% is useful and appropriately priced. If we could get rid of the vendor trash, then fully half of the stuff in the markets would be awesome.
In the retail though I think people will be more serious about pricing stuff to sell, and vendoring stuff nobody will buy. For the beta, we don't even keep the gil we make, so it's easy to just dump it on a retainer and price it at whatever.
I would absolutely like to see districts segregated by trade. The best way would be to organize it by craft, so one ward has materials for and products from one craft. That way you know where to look.
But really? If SE doesn't give us a search, it's up to outside parties to create a tool. At the very least, we need trade forums specific to each server, where we can post what we're selling/seeking. A forum post will be useful for selling things on retainer, since you can say "I'm selling x for y price, my retainer is z, and she's chilling out at location blah."
Of course, what would be even better is some kind of system like ffxiah.com. I have no idea how that website works though, and I have no idea if it would be feasible for FFXIV.
1: most people will only have 1 retainer and them self. If you are trying to sell more than 2 types of items, you will have to put 1 person standing in the wrong place.
D'oh, you're right. So I think really we just need to have good online tools to facilitate trade. Edited, Sep 9th 2010 11:08pm by Solimurr