I've been reading through these forums for the last week, and I think most people are missing the point of what SquareEnix is trying to do. I don't start playing until tomorrow so I may change my mind, but I thought I would share.
Lots of people are complaining about the lack of an Auction House, searching retainers, and the crafting requirements. I think you are missing the point.
Auction Houses: Square is trying to setup a whole new economy based on the players. This is a world before eBay, Amazon, and Google. Auction Houses make it too easy to find the going rate and leaves little room for price variants. With the current setup, you are supposed to be looking for the going rate by searching multiple vendors. You can also be your own promoter. Do some shouts about your retainer or your bazaar saying what you have and how much. Do some marketing for yourself, rather than relying on the Auction House to hold your hand through it all. Work with other players to group retainers together that sell similar things in the same area to make it easier for others to find your wares.
Crafting Requirements: A lot of people are also complaining about how high you need to have some crafting abilities to get components for lower level things. Again, I think SE's purpose in all of this is to get you to appreciate the MULTIPLAYER part of the MMO experience. You shouldn't have to make every component to get something you want. Use the economy to buy the parts you can't make yourself, be it components that are higher level than you, or those that you don't have any experience in. Yes it will be slow and expensive to begin with, but this is the ground level of a new setup, it will take time for people to find out what components are highly sought after and to work to get them available. Rather than me getting frustrated at this, it get me excited to see how it all plays out and to a part of it. If everyone is looking for a certain component, I can do my part to either make it, or to get the components that I can sell to the crafters who are a high enough level to make something bigger than myself.
Overall, this is a MultiPlayer game, but most of the chatter on the boards revolves around everyone playing it like it is a solo game. Work with other people. Promote your goods. Buy, sell, and trade to get what you need. And be patient right now while all of this gets going. You don't have to beat the game in a week. Take a break from leveling your DoW classes if you can't get the equipment you need and experience other aspects of the game. If everything was available at NPC shops or in a single (or 3) auction houses, you could miss out on a huge part of the experience SE is trying to put together.
I'm not saying that everything is perfect, and I'm sure there is room for improvement, but this contant drone about needing an Auction House is getting old when there are other alternatives in the game for us to explore and try out, and try to make work.