Logged in last night and ran straight to the Market Wards, a place I rarely go willingly.. lol. I have kind of been trying to make my own stuff rather than trying to buying off anyone mostly because I don’t have much time, and hate aimlessly searching tons of unorganized bazaars, and have this odd desire to not own something I can’t fix myself.
Ended up actually purchasing 3 items, which is the most I’ve ever purchased from the market ward area ever.. hehe.
I Spent a little time this morning organizing my stuff and setting my retainer in the proper ward. I’m hoping others will do the same. The search function could be pretty nice. If people are serious about selling things, and put them in the correct ward, things should sell pretty quickly. The icon above the retainer’s heads ended up being better than I thought it would be, and was visible from the other end of the ward even. I suppose that could have something to do with the computer, or video card, but it was nice to notice. My computer isn’t high end, but can run this game on standard. If its not already in there, I hope they are giving loading priority to NPC retainer’s with the items you are searching for. I didn’t notice any trouble, and quickly found the exact number of items spread out between the different starred retainers, so I suspect its something they’ve already put in place. Especially since I tend to have to wait a few minutes to pick up leves in the adventurers guild in order for those NPC’s to load.. lol.
What would be awesome now, would be a system message letting you know that something has been bought off your retainer, and / or a message letting you know that your retainer’s bazaar is now empty.
It would also be nice if they listed a “starting at” price, or maybe just a “average” price for what items are currently available. Could help people looking to sell things price their items better and stabilize things a tad so there is less occurrence of having something cost 5,000 gil on one Retainer, and 50,000 gil on another. You still may choose to pay the 50,000 out of convenience, but it could help to discourage price gouging. I’m sure there may be arguments against having an average price listed, but I still think it could be a good thing.
In one of the podcasts I heard recently, someone had a great idea about having people be able to contact you through your retainer somehow.. that would be nice too, if they wanted more of something you crafted. Your retainer could actually take requests.. hehe. If Retainers had the old comment boxes that the players had when you checked them in FFXI, you could actually list your crafting levels in them, might be nice.
Another thing I noticed last night, and maybe I should preface the statement, because I’m not sure they were in there previously or not, but now there are regular NPC’s (not retainers) in middle areas of the Market Wards that you can sell items to. That could be useful if you have things that just aren’t selling, or if you just need to sell something to make room for a purchase.
I can definitely see hope in the system. Its not there yet, but I think it has potential. I think if they play their cards right, and add the right features in the coming months it could end up being just as easy as the auction house, but with less RMT type issues.