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#1 Dec 30 2010 at 6:01 AM Rating: Good
Just wondering if any one else has noticed retainers with mass amounts of items all at 998 instead of 999? I've found about 30ish retainers in separate wards from shards to arrows. The retainers of the same name in the other cities sell the exact same items in the 998 pattern.

I'm just curious if this is happening on other servers as well?

While there may be some possible explanation, I'm leaning towards some sort of program as it's easier to go to 999 than it is to 998 on 10 item sets on multiple retainers. Not that it matters, it would be irresponsible at this point to say don't purchase items from people who have all 998 stacks. And we can't prove anything from our end, so it's more of a curiosity thread.
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#2 Dec 30 2010 at 6:52 AM Rating: Good
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I noticed a similar phenomenon, albeit it's the other way round - I was the seller.
Often I would put up some items for sale, and sell exactly 1 of a large stack.
*Possibly* it was a buyer "marking" bazaars he had already checked.
#3 Dec 30 2010 at 7:05 AM Rating: Good
Not quite sure I understand you Rinsui,

I'm talking multiple retainers of the same name in the same wards in all 3 cities selling 10 stacks of 998

*EDIT* After further reflection are you saying that people may purchase 1 item per stack and then have a bot come cleanup afterwards? If so though, it would be faster just to buy the whole stack then and there.

Edited, Dec 30th 2010 2:49pm by PerrinofSylph
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#4 Dec 31 2010 at 2:47 PM Rating: Good
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PerrinofSylph, ****** Superhero wrote:
Not quite sure I understand you Rinsui,

I'm talking multiple retainers of the same name in the same wards in all 3 cities selling 10 stacks of 998

*EDIT* After further reflection are you saying that people may purchase 1 item per stack and then have a bot come cleanup afterwards? If so though, it would be faster just to buy the whole stack then and there.

Edited, Dec 30th 2010 2:49pm by PerrinofSylph


If someone were trying to control a market I could see them buy 1 of each from everyone who has the item then buying up everything that falls under a certain threshold of average percent cost. Say 10 ppl are all selling iron arrows and they are selling from 10 to 250 per arrow with an average cost of 100 the bot would get anything that was at say 30% or less of ave (30 gil per in this case) in an attempt to manipulate prices and availability.

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