Fra Antonius wrote:Why not try to make auction houses like what they are in real life? Like a way for non-traders to sell their stuff or rather unique items. Just set some fees and limits making it less profitable than running your own shop as a crafter/merchant. After all in real life you don't go to the nearest auction house to buy cookies or some floor tiles. I'm sure there are reasons for this.Some people do
Ok, nowadays some people do, but it wasn't like this before, and there's still fuss about all these walmarts killing downtown shops, so large trade centers and online shopping are quite recent inventions and are out of place in fantasy settings. I'm not saying they can't exist there - one could even argue they should, seeing all the magic around. But it's the same as the castles problem: castles should be there, even though they can easily be disintegrated, pass wall'd teleported or flown over. IMO the shops should be there, and if global auction house kills them, it should go.And some people really want to keep shops and actually have clients.