OMFG get over it. there isnt one. there wont be one. Its the best thing that ever happened to the game, for people who played MMO's pre FFXI/WoW understand why at the least. Now you can barter, now you can find deals, now you can hinder cgf, now YOU have to spend some of your oh so precious time doing something besides racing for 50 to swing around your epeen to actually shop, kinda like irl. Dont worry, the other fokls that you think care about being higher lvl than you, they have to stop xp'ing to go shop too.
No one is forcing you to check around the bazaar for gear, the cgf dont do it =p inspect one, theyre like 30 in lvl 1 gear =p
Sorry but I have been a gamer for over 24 years now! This is a bad idea with retainers. I appreciate SE trying to find something new but this really does suck. Even when they have the search function it will still be a pain in the back side. Like I said before in other posts I pay to play ( eventually thst is ^^ ). I dont want to spend hours searching for an item.
As for battering! Well! I not seen any of that either! AH's are the hub of a game, its convenient, fast, great meeting place ect. I played Aion and surprise surprise they have AH! and it works there as it has in other games.
As for bazaars if i want to choose to click on them , then that's my choice to do that. and thats only if I am waiting for a group party ect.
Any of u ever played UO ( that's Ultima on line ) very old game now :) well, there u had player housing. and u could buy npcs to sell your items at your house. so the bigger house u had the more npc's u could have selling your items. ( there were no AH ) My goodness I spent more time shopping then I did leving up and grouping. That was a big let down for me and other players, we stuck with the game though, because the content ( at that time ) was good.
Why can there not be retainers and AH? U look out side of Jeuno Rolenberry and u will see masses of bazaars. People still managed to sell stuff out side there, and on AH!
At the end of the day you cant please everyone some want an AH and some dont. But for me 100% AH