Maybe this is obvious, but just either go to another city, choose another ward and take the tax hit, or sell items that belong in the ward that you ultimately end up selling in.
The market changes that are coming won't fix the issue you're seeing.
Counter point: Let's assume that between the people who only have the one retainer and the people who have three or more retainers, that on average, there are two retainers per player.
Now remember, you CAN'T buy new retainers yet, and the OP is saying that the market wards on his server are ALREADY filling up with one retainer per person.
Double that, and tell me what's going to happen.
Better question: Does SE want this game to be popular? Sell a lot of copies? It's only at 350k right now, what happens if that increases and those people buy retainers too?
It's fair to say that SE's goal is that:
- A lot of people play FFXIV
- Everyone loves the market wards and uses them a lot
- Everyone spends money to buy more retainers
I mean, this is the best case scenario for SE, right? More players = more money, more retainers = more money, and if everyone stopped asking them for an AH and accepted their market wards as the awesome thing that SE wants them to be and wants us to think they are, that, in their eyes, is all perfect, right?
So what happens if SE gets their wish and more people subscribe and more people buy retainers and everyone uses the market wards and crams their thousands of retainers in there? It will just make it even worse; more crowded, more lag, more server stress...
FFXIV has fewer subscribers than FFXI does, and is already hitting limits on how many retainers can be placed. What happens if the subscription numbers goes up? What happens when people start buying more retainers?