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#1 Dec 22 2010 at 9:12 PM Rating: Excellent
As I was running around looking for arrows for my Archer I bought a couple then wandered off to another ward. To my surprise I found a star on another retainer that wasn't in the correct ward. So apparently even if it shows you only what's being sold in that particular ward, those selling specific items you're looking for will still be marked even if they're not in the right ward. Dunno if anyone else already figured this out, but thought I'd share.
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#2 Dec 22 2010 at 9:38 PM Rating: Decent
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Nice to know. :P
#3 Dec 22 2010 at 9:39 PM Rating: Excellent
That would appear to be the case. I've noticed that, if an item shows up as 0 in the search, that indicates that it's not in the ward/row/den you're searching in, BUT there is someone selling it in another ward/row/den. So the game will still highlight retainers that sell the item in other wards.

EDIT - Yay, post no. 150!

Edited, Dec 22nd 2010 10:40pm by GuiltyBoomerang
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#4 Dec 22 2010 at 10:20 PM Rating: Decent
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Yes I can vouch (right word?) to this, it seems like they will put a star over every retainer that has an item, they just wont tell you which ward they're in so you would most likely look for the retainers in the "proper" ward first which isn't a bad idea I guess.
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#5 Dec 22 2010 at 11:05 PM Rating: Good
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GuiltyBoomerang wrote:
That would appear to be the case. I've noticed that, if an item shows up as 0 in the search, that indicates that it's not in the ward/row/den you're searching in, BUT there is someone selling it in another ward/row/den. So the game will still highlight retainers that sell the item in other wards.

EDIT - Yay, post no. 150!

Edited, Dec 22nd 2010 10:40pm by GuiltyBoomerang


This doesn't seem to be true. Tested by looking for a retainer selling Apkallu Down in the Tinkerer Ward and search for it on the search utility. Since none of them were being sold in the correct ward the option to even look for Apkallu Down did not even show up. It is possible that once someone does sell them in the right place, it is added to the list and future searches will allow flagging.
#6 Dec 22 2010 at 11:16 PM Rating: Good
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This is one of the most useful tidbits I've seen so far. It's useful to know that our searches aren't restricted to individual wards. Let's hope this is something SE don't patch up as it's better left alone.
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#7 Dec 22 2010 at 11:21 PM Rating: Decent
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Ravashack wrote:
GuiltyBoomerang wrote:
That would appear to be the case. I've noticed that, if an item shows up as 0 in the search, that indicates that it's not in the ward/row/den you're searching in, BUT there is someone selling it in another ward/row/den. So the game will still highlight retainers that sell the item in other wards.

EDIT - Yay, post no. 150!

Edited, Dec 22nd 2010 10:40pm by GuiltyBoomerang


This doesn't seem to be true. Tested by looking for a retainer selling Apkallu Down in the Tinkerer Ward and search for it on the search utility. Since none of them were being sold in the correct ward the option to even look for Apkallu Down did not even show up. It is possible that once someone does sell them in the right place, it is added to the list and future searches will allow flagging.


It appears as though you have to have found the item with a previous search for it to show up on the list if it's not in the appropriate ward. The first few times I went to the wards after the patch in search of Buffalo Hide, there was none to be had in the Tanner's ward so it didn't show up at all. Once I found some in the appropriate ward, it has since shown up in any search I bring up for the Tanner's Ward, even if it shows the number of retainers selling it as zero.

So it would appear that the first searches you run are actually populating a search record for you and once you've found something, it will always show up for you. And once it shows up, you can set it as your search and hop from ward to ward (and even city to city) and check. I just nabbed myself two stacks of Buffalo Hide using this trick, and it's a very substantial benefit. Every LW and their dog on Istory seems to be trying to get their hands on Buffalo Hide. Nabbing two stacks in 5 minutes is a significant feat.

Great tip OP.
#8 Dec 23 2010 at 12:21 AM Rating: Good
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We hashed through alot of this in the official update thread, fyi
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#9 Dec 23 2010 at 12:34 AM Rating: Decent
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A good thing to implement would be to display the total number of searched items in all wards.

From the sheer randomness of gathering, it should be expected that players will want to sell a high variety of items. Players will play the ward tax game as best they can, but buyers will still want quick info about whether or not an item exists in other wards.
#10 Dec 23 2010 at 3:02 AM Rating: Default
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square has said they want to fix as many problems with the game as players have, but most of the people that play this game do not like the wards. but it doesn't get changed.

i like selling different kinds of items. im a dollar store. the way the current system works, everyone is forced to be a department store only selling supplies for certain things.

why should i be penalized for selling crystals with my swords?

when i play an mmo i like convenience my characters upkeep. i played ffxi and although it didnt start convenient, they added things that really made things efficient in getting things done.

one of the things i liked, is an AH.

and as far as trying to blame rmt for all the problems of price gouging, regular players are just as guilty for trying to squeez every last drop out of people.

the real life example, is your cell phone companies bending you over and having fun with you while smoking a cigar and drinking whisky. the phone company is that azz hole player who just wants more money.

i also like the price history. its about playing the market and if your the one complaining about under cutting, your not playing the market right. if your not going to complain that you bought an item for cheaper than it should cost, don't complain about people selling it for less than it's worth.
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