Every FFXI player will know FFXI was the reason for the current FFXIV AH crap. Thank the RMT's and the UPPd prices of AH fixers. I prefer the new system yes its annoying but once the update comes I will be much happier.
No Auction House deters RMTs? The gil sellers that are already spamming their websites on Besaid would like a word with you.
Lets call a duck a duck here, folks. The game isn't any easier or safer or sensible without an AH. It was a poor design choice, like many other decisions they made about this game. They will eventually put one in, I have no doubt in my mind, and hopefully sooner rather than later, but let's not make silly excuses for them. Even if you were one of the like, three people here that feels that no AH was a good idea, no, you want one too because if they stubbornly hold out on basic things like this then most people will run out of patience and leave.
And don't kid yourselves, those of you that feel that there is no way for Squeenix and FFXIV to fail. It has happened to bigger and better companies and MMOs. The history of business is rife with companies who thought themselves too dominant in their field, too tenured in their cushy positions to fail. There is no such thing, and pride comes before the fall.
Mind you, I'm not saying FFXIV is destined to fail. I am saying that if they don't make steady progress on the issues that are causing the general disapproval of their game, then I don't care if you personally don't mind the issue(s), they will over the course of time see more and more players leave, start shutting down servers, and then eventually stop service in the markets that are doing poorly. This isn't Neverwinter Nights (AoL), Meridian 59, Ultima Online or Everquest which all had turns being basically the only kid on the block.