What *IS* it with the FFXIV team's persistent hard-on for punishing the buyer in transactions? "Sorry, you really need this XYZ so go ahead and pay a surcharge on the item!" The fees need to land on the seller, NOT the buyer.
Two steps forward, three steps back.
You do understand this is how it works in real life right? You pay for the item you want and then you pay an additional amount i.e. tax or surcharge. If you want to be technical, IRL its the seller who punishes the buyer. The seller has the tax put upon them that they have to pay and instead of them taking the hit, they just add the tax onto the product they are selling and make the buyer pay the tax.
EDIT: I'm also assuming that you would only incur this tax when it comes to items you purchase through the item search window. If you physically run to the retainer, I'd expect you to not have to pay a tax. They have probably done this to remove some of the gil floating around in peoples pockets. Levs in the old days gave out so much gil, inflation practically made gil worthless. This would be one way to remove some of the gil available to help make it actually worth something again. Edited, Dec 8th 2011 9:42am by swisa