more qq about the ah? LOL wow, if even a fraction of squeenix devs were half as persistant in regard to making a good game as you guys are about rehashing a system thats only quality is the promotion of solitide, laziness, rmt, cgf, and price scalping.... we would be doing much better than we are!!
that said, the game isnt just about omg im lvl 50 look at me!! im so uber tough online11! try incorporating shopping into your playtime, you just may walk away with a uber peice of gear for a good price before the other guy with the more primitive mindset who refused to "shop"
better yet, ever seen an AH that will let you pay 1/2 in cash and 1/2 in mats? I didnt think so. Now with no AH you can interact and "barter" with individuals should u choose.
All an ah promotes is undercutting, without one you can actually negotiate a deal with ssomeone or even wheel n deal your way to a fortune.
I know the VAST majority of you are either too young to remember or played wow as your first MMO BUT if you were fortunate enough to play eq1 then you probably agree with my vantage point. for those that did not, ask a group of EQ1 vets what their fondest memory/memories were/are.... they will 9/10 times tell you the "east commonlands tunnel" or the place where 100's of players instead of being out grinding nonstop to swing around their epeens to prove how much time they avoid showering, actually sold items, traded items, or waited huours on end for someone to pop up auctioning off that specific sword or peice of armor they were after.
course in the world of FF itemization isnt what it is elsewhere. in eq there are more off hand weapons than there are peices of equipment total in FF.
Good lord man, the retainer / market ward system is terrible and an auction house would be an 10,000x improvement over what we have now. Instead of talking down to your fellow players and basically calling them dumb for not "lol bartering", try understanding why what we have now is so awful in comparison to a basic MMO auction house and why we complain.
Your perceived ivory tower of economic superiority is only in your head.
no one is talking down to anyone for one, for two apart from being a non crafter with 30 million gil, I dont think im economically superior to anyone. I ASSUME? thats alot for a non crafter, but it could be average, I dont make it a habit of asking around about everyones financial standing. That said, the majority of that wasnt even earned via the means we are discussing. All I'm saying is that for those who speak from experience, there's nothing more to say. Ignorance is bliss. For those who dont, step back and create a non bias'd bullet list. There are many more cons than pro's created by adding an AH as opposed to improving the current system. (which does have its shortcomings, I agree completely)
Its kinda like the "war on drugs" go team reagan or nixon or whoever had that bright idea. ie: lets create revenue, misery, crime, and a black market, and jam pack our jails with meaningless "criminals" when we could have gotten that same revenue by making them legal, and taxing them ourselves all while saving prison cells for real criminals, eliminating the black market and crime, and making a large portion of the population 10x happier in their private/recreational life. well sorta LOL