Yes, this is about as good as it gets short of an AH.
When they enable us to buy the items from the search screen, it's just as good.
Under current conditions this is a bad idea. You can't tell if you're buying normal, +1, +2 or +3, and with the limited number displayed it would encourage heavy undercutting more than it needs to. This kind of idea would make more sense if those problems were not there.
Edit: Whoops, missed this earlier...
Mikhalia the Picky wrote:
Honestly, I'm pretty sure that most people asking for "An Auction House" aren't asking for it because they want to actually bid on things. Just like people who asked for "A windower" in FFXI were not asking for the ability to play in a window; they were asking for the ability to alt-tab and use plugins.
It's all in the terminology.
EDIT: More specifically, the terminology does not match the intent.
Edited, Feb 3rd 2011 11:10am by Mikhalia
I actually forgot to get to this point in my earlier post. >_>
Bottom line is, it is safe to say that people use the term 'Auction House' to apply to everything used to support the system because it's just easier than saying 'centralized system, item search, and (remote purchase)/(merchant tracker)' (and whatever else someone intends it to mean) each time. It's like learning the basics of a language as a kid when you don't have another language already learned to help -- apply an image/concept to the term instead.
This just happens to be a bad choice of words for it to catch on. Edited, Feb 5th 2011 5:50am by Ravashack