Professor Dyrwydi wrote:
While I agree that the original Marketplace system was horrible, I find it hard to locate a difference between the current system and an AH, other than the fact that you actually have to run to the NPC holding the goods - You can search for the item you want, locate the name of the the seller, price and quantity, what more do you want? I'm far more excited about the coming delivery system and player search features than the Auction House.
Not having to load into a new area and locate the NPC is a much bigger deal than you would think. It certainly depends on how much you use the wards though. As a crafter, I constantly buy and sell junk, I probably lose hours every few weeks to the time it takes to load, run, open bazaar, buy, run back to item counter, search for next item, etc.
Price history is the other feature the wards are missing that many miss from the auction house. If no one's currently selling an item, or if there's only a few on for some ridiculous prices, knowing what to list the item for yourself can be difficult.