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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 17
01-11-2011, 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Nightops25 View Post
The exchange should not have a listing fee. It will only drive people to spam the social areas to bypass the costs.
... in turn getting them ignored and/or reported for spam. So?

It's not like they don't do this already, after all. I distinctively remember a thread about this in the Discussion forum.

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Originally Posted by Nightops25 View Post
If there is a listing fee, it should only be collected at the point of sale.
Which would totally defeat the reason why the fee is there in the first place and -indeed- only cause the sellers to raise their prices, as opposed to actually having to try to sell the item, thus leading to reasonable prices.

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Originally Posted by CrustyMac View Post
Otherwise, there will indeed be an increase in the prices of things in general, because the supply will decrease as people selling marginal items won't waste their time.
No, that's not how a market works. When there is demand, supply will be created. If nobody offers a certain item, its value will go up, in turn creating an incentive for people to sell this. Then, the fee will serve as a safeguard to prevent too astronomic prices, because the seller will have a honest interest in selling the item. So the seller and the buyer will (ideally) meet somewhere in the middle. Which will be below the current standards.

In turn, items of lower value but higher occurrence will not be offered as often anymore (because even at the lowest price there is not enough demand to sell ALL of them), removing a lot of redundant auctions.

And this is how a market balances itself out. The Exchange fee is long overdue. You just have to compare STO's Exchange with other games' auction services (who have a fee) to see the reason, and that it will work out in the end (after one or two months of chaos).

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Originally Posted by CrustyMac View Post
For those who complain that new players can't afford the high prices on the exchange, I say bull. By the time someone reaches RA they are no longer new.
So anyone below RA should simply not bother to buy anything from the Exchange, is that what you mean?

Yes, inflation in a game like this is inevitable, because it's too easy and doesn't have a relatively steady flow of EC from your characters - for example by ship repairs or maintenance cost or a wider variety of "moneysinks". But even if the Exchange fee won't be able to neutralize this problem entirely (which it won't), it will at least decrease it.

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Originally Posted by CrustyMac View Post
The only people that "can't afford" something on the exchange are those that are in too much of a hurry to earn it one way or another.
That might be connected to the speed with how fast you blast through the levels in this game. Using all your credits you have attained on T1-3 just to buy a single T4 item doesn't really seem like a wise investment, considering that it'll get useless on T5.

And yes, you do make a lot of EC easily in this game. But under no circumstance do you make millions before reaching RAdm. Well, except if you engage in offering overpriced items on the Exchange as well, and are lucky enough that an old veteran's alt will actually buy that rare Mark IV console for 800.000 EC.