How do you people even think the AH is going to work?
XIV isn't XI. XIV is heavily based on crafters. Supply itself is going to undercut prices constantly if an AH is implemented. Let alone gil sellers.
The ward system is working great, and its obviously not finished. Stick to it. Its a lot more original and fun.
You're missing the other factor in that chain, demand
. What is wrong with people that they consider the wards to be working brilliantly from a demand point of view? Are you all just looking at it from the viewpoint of a supply? With no demand there is no supply, with no supply there becomes a demand, how in the name of all that is holy can you judge demand of an item without a good cross reference (time of last sale, number of items sold per day etc), you cannot with the ward system.
I'm sorry, but in game economics are not something that can be thought of in such terms as "yeah, having two retainers over 3 (soon to be 4?) cities over however-many-floors-there-are is a wonderful idea!". Let's take Botany as an example, Botany pairs up with Carpentry rather well, so I take my tools and go out and log some trees, I get wood (fnar), branches, acorns, maple, beehive chips, feathers, I also stop by harvesting points and pick up flax, onions, cotton, straw, a whole plethora of items. I turn the wood into staves for CON, or into lumber, or into planks, I have two retainers out of a maximum of, let me count them, difficult... two, ok, right, still with me? I'm sure this is rather complicated so far. I decide to sell the wood on you know, the woodcutters floor, because I have a lot of that, but I also want to sell the onions, I don't need them, so I stick all the food related stuff onto my 2nd retainer and put that on the grocers ward, only I also want to sell the staves I made, but they have to go on the spellcaster ward, oh well, doesn't matter, if people want to find the staves they can come to the grocers ward......
You know the easiest way to use the retainers is? Grab as much stuff as you an and head over to the nearest store and NPC a ton of items which someone probably wants/needs, so yeah, keep kidding yourself that the retainer system is working brilliantly and deserves a chance and is better than an AH will ever be. An AH where you can have *shock* one per town allowing you to sell *shock* items in the best located town and sell *more shock* stuff in a nice orderly list where you can *even more shock* find what the **** you are looking for in the first place.