Through reading several posts, I can see that 70% of the issues can be solved if the game has an AH, yet, is it hard to implement one? No its not, then why didn’t they do it yet and trying to work around it with retainers?
I think they have a problem with the UI system that prevents them from doing so, I don’t buy this economy and RMT thing.
They're perfectly capable of putting an auction house into FFXIV. They just don't want to.
SE wants the retainers to work, they want the retainer system. In my view the benefits of the retainer system do not outweigh the negatives of having an auction house, but I'm not SE therefore it's not my call.
They're going to do everything they can to try to get people to like the current system, because they
like it. Anyone involved in the closed beta will tell you that's how SE operated throughout beta. If they decided that they liked something, that's the way it was going to be. It didn't matter if there were dozens of pages of negative feedback, what SE wanted SE did.
That being said, if people are quitting over the lack of an AH than good riddance I say. There are larger issues plaguing the game right now, and without their voices screaming about the lesser problems, those larger issues will get fixed sooner.
One of the main problems I'm seeing is that so many people bought into the "They're holding it back for release"
statements and rumours. SE never said that. It was a rumour driven by (for lack of a better term) the fanboys who refused to accept that yes, open beta will
So tons of people went into release expecting some miracle patch to hit that will fully flesh out the content and missing features. That expectation completely flies in the face of past MMO launches, and set these people up for a severe letdown when that patch didn't materialize. Personally I was fully expecting that we would be playing something resembling open beta's version, and as such I was prepared to make do with what is in the game currently. I'm having fun with it.
For those who are complaining about the lack of AH, I have never browsed for goods on retainers or bazaars since CE release. Not once. If I wanted a piece of gear, I made it myself. I raised crafting purely through crafting leves so it cost me nothing in gil or materials. Then once I was high enough (didn't take long) I made the item I wanted. I never grinded crafting or anything like that. I have also never sold anything through bazaar or retainer. My character has perfectly fine self-made gear and over 400k gil on him, allowing me to buy gear if I wanted to search for it.
It is possible to function without wasting time on the current system. If you don't want to waste your time browsing retainers, raise crafting like I've done. One hour browsing retainers to find an item you wanted is more than enough time to complete your 8 crafting leves, which can take you up from rank 1 to rank 8-9 in one day's leves.