I keep running across claims that when an item is listed with a zero beside it in the Market Ward search it signifies availability in another ward. I.E. if Tin Squares have a zero beside them when you search the Ironmongers Ward it means they are for sale in another ward, such as the Battlecraft Ward.
If you've ever been online when the Market Wards crash, you know this is wrong, because just about everything will be listed with a zero and there will be essentially no retainers present to be selling much of anything, but since I'm seeing this claim more and more I took the liberty of running a test.
First I had to find an item that wasn't already in the Database. I ran across Tin Squares a few days ago when I attempted to repair my Tin Alembic. As you can see in the below screen shot, Tin Squares are not in the item search database at all. This is because they haven't yet been listed on a bazaar in the Ironmongers Ward.
Then I had to see if when I placed the Tin Squares in my retainer's bazaar, which was in the Tradescraft Ward, would they show up with a zero beside them.
This did not happen, and after waiting almost twenty minutes, Tin Squares still remained absent in the item search; zero or no zero.
Then I proceeded to place my retainer in the Ironmongers Ward, and after only two minutes, Tin Squares were now listed in the item search.
As I expected, when I removed them from my retainers bazaar the item search entry did not go away, but instead was simply listed as zero.
If I remember correctly, this is exactly how the AH worked on FFXI. An item did not show up in a specific AH listing until it had been put up for sale in that specific AH, and once it had the listing remained whether there was currently an item being sold or not.
This may have been obvious to many of you, but I hope it cleared up some confusion for the rest.
EDIT: Apparently the IMG markup does not work on here. Is this a premium only feature or did I simply do it wrong?
EDIT: Resized the pictures since I can't put actual screenshots on here.
Edited, Jan 7th 2011 10:34pm by Invalice
Edited, Jan 7th 2011 10:36pm by Invalice