SE already stated they are going to add a AH so whats the point, it just sucks we have to wait for it.
I'll modify what was already said in another forum to recapitulate the issue:
SE said: Regarding Final Fantasy XIV and the market battle system is something we would like to consider the equivalent to the auction house we had in Final Fantasy XI. Only that you'll also be able to fix your equipment and things like that. It is something we really want people to enjoy. Also after the release of the game we will see how it goes and for example find out what kind of search options players will want and need and improve the situation. We don't really want to introduce the auctionhouse from the beginning because that is going to determine the economy system. So we want to improve it slowly and adjust it accordingly.
And if we look at this, it's not as reassuring as I hoped it would be. Se is certainly not saying as much "an auction house is coming" as "we want people to enjoy retainers... we want to improve retainers... we don't want to implement an auction house early... we want to improve 'things' slowly."
What they mean by improving "it" in the final sentence is somewhat of a mystery: "it" could refer either to retainers (which were mentioned several times in their statement, and which seem to be the subject) or to an auction house (which was mentioned only dilatorily, but directly preceded the final sentence).
If this is all SE has said about an auction house (and I think it is), then the situation seems like it could still go either way, like the whole "we might consider it" with regard to every race being able to be either male or female.
In conclusion, SE's statement that "[Retainers are] something we would like to consider the equivalent to the auction house we had in Final Fantasy XI"
is suggestive of SE not
planning to implement an AH. If they think that retainers are the equivalent, then there is no reason they would implement what they see
as being already implemented.