Now say you want to sell some ghost iron ore. The second you toss it up, it's undercut. Again? Undercut by someone else. And again. And again. And again. This would hold true for practically all trade goods.
And the only way to keep up with all of this undercutting is to either cheat and use a bot to monitor it, or just give up.
That's not "NO functional problems"
Blizzard would have to be very, VERY careful with what servers they merged. Not all the servers that are under CRZ jurisdiction need cross realm auction houses (for example, the server I play on)... merging them all together would be disastrous to all involved. Blizzard would have to do this on a case-by-case basis with the weakest of servers to avoid sliding the economy into havoc.
I hope never, the economy on my realm is already shot to shit since it's so high pop. Trying to sell things effectively on there is a nightmare since addons for the AH are so well developed.
Merging servers AHs would mean hell if you ever wanted to sell anything on the AH. It's simply not right for WoW.
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The last time cross realm trading was mentioned was by Rob Pardo himself just a few weeks ago. Interesting point here that he no longer mentioned the legacy problems, so apparently they solved it or are in the process of completing it.
He did say though they had to be careful of implementing it to not disturb all economies. Which is a clear indication they will introduce it in steps (probably by allowing avatar trading first and only on limited number of servers like they do with CRZ)
Google is your friend here to look it all up.
I rather want Croos Realm Lvl items instead tbh. Not being able to lvl fast on other realms annoys me xD
Right now Ghost Iron Ore is 4g 46s on Chromaggus Alliance, one of the least populated server pops. It's 2g 8s on Illidan Horde, one of the largest pop servers. Where do you think the price will end up if you combine those 2 AH? It will probably rise a little from 2g 8s, but not much since the Chromaggus Alliance side demand is not that huge. Adding the AH from multiple servers doesn't in any way suggest that the price will drop lower than it is now on the most populated servers.
the reason crossed server ah is never going to be implanted is because this way you can easly send gold cross server. and that will be a gold mine for gold seller. and gold sellers are alrdy a pain in WoW. WoW is also one of the few mmo where gold matters end game. in rift and war you don't care about gold. and that is a shame.
Most people I know with a ton of gold just really enjoy making gold on the AH. It's like a mini-game. It's also nice to never have to worry about the price of something. If you really really need 2 stacks of a certain fish, you don't waste time fretting about them being 20% more expensive than they should be.
What is there to spend gold on? You can waste 15k on a ilvl 476 armor piece that's lower level than available in 3 out of 5 LFRs and Sha. You can blow 50k-100k(more gold than most players have ever had) on a single piece of gear on the BMAH that will be outdated in a few months. And vanity mounts/pets. That's about it.
I fail to see how the implementation of cross realm AH's would make fewer people transfer characters tbh
Last edited by McLockhart; 2012-11-21 at 10:02 AM.
doubt it will happen.
Go look at the mess of the D3 Auction house.
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And then you have to consider how bots play into it. I'd think a single bot would be as able to hinder one server's economy as it would two server economies... (its goal would effectively be the same in both, just impacting a larger number of honest people) And then what do additional bots do? Would it be a "linear" level of impacting? Or would they just continue to undercut one another? And this is a problem I feel would indeed get swept into servers that don't suffer from bot plagues, and exacerbate it in ones that already do.
And then it gets even more complicated with vast server population imbalances. If one server has an extremely weak alliance economy, but a healthy horde economy, do you mash the weak alliance AH with a strong alliance AH, but leave the horde AH a seperate, non-CRZed entity? How does the neutral AH play into this?
Last edited by Kaleredar; 2012-11-21 at 10:19 AM.
will never happen, not anytimes soon anyways.
As I am unable to find the interviews and blue posts you refer to perhaps you could link them as I am genuinely interested to read Blizzard's take on the matter.
its sad how much blizz earned from people having to server transfer out of desperation
If they did this merging of the auction houses i would be very unhappy. I am not going to dig it up, but the last blue post i saw on the subject suggested that it wasn't something they wanted to do. Allowing gold sellers to move currency around to manipulate the economy seems like a bad idea. Of course the economy is the only thing blizz hasn't ruined about wow yet, so perhaps they will merge the auctions.