I noticed during the Open Beta that buying anything on 'The Exchange' was pointless. Everything was so high priced that it was really not worth it. So far, the prices in the 'head start' that people are posting are about half what they were in the Beta. (I still can't afford anything...)
I am looking forward to a time when most items are priced to sell, rather than priced through the roof. It took a long time for that to happen in World of ********. Consider this an appeal to maybe post things at a price people might be able to pay.
Not only are the prices crazy, but the sections not working does not help. You have to type the full name of the item you want under the "general" tab to search. Toss in that for some reason, I can not sort by price.
Most of the stuff on the exchange at the moment is stuff that you don't have a hard time finding anyway. Should pick up though when we've got a more even spread of ranks amongst the player base once the game has launched on the 2nd.
I was expecting to see people selling commodities for like 75 credits. Slightly less than the exchange, but more than you can vendor them for. That's how it usually works with "white" items. They are up there for 1,000 or more each. I didn't even bother looking at weapons and shields.
Weird - most of the stuff I'm seeing sold is just below the "value" listed on the item. Since you can sell stuff to Starfleet vendors for 50% of the value without waiting, I find it's often not even worth it to sell stuff through exchange as you barely get any more money, due to the low prices I'm competing with.
(The inability to sort by price or to look at specific items without manually typing the name is annoying though.)
EDIT: Actually the prices vary pretty widely, but I normally just glance over the crazy prices so they don't even register to me. I assume people are scrolling down and examining all prices, not just the top ones?
It will take awhile for the market to settle down. It's supply and demand in its rawest form, and since nobody has any idea how valuable anything is, it'll take time. In the meantime, I'm doing OK with drops, and may kick around the idea of a swap thread for the fleet members.