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Post Re: package trades
I've never thought of myself as a Troll but my wife probably thinks I look like one - sometimes! ;)

Yes, we have discussed this topic before and I can review with you the issue and the consequences.

Currently we allow two composite auctions which are not exact replicas of in-game items per se. These 'items' are Consets and X Map Pieces. We do not, currently, allow other composite auctions to persist but we do review this stance as we don't want to stop them if there are good reasons to categorise the proffered composites on the basis of demand/merits etc.

When GW Auctions first started "Consets" were an ingrained item type that pretty much people readily understood to be something they could buy in-game and know exactly what a "Conset" would contain. The only problem with this was that we could not create an item type/name with consistent description/data that allowed WYSIWYG which is the unique feature of GW Auctions.

As the game developed "4 Map Pieces" became a common in-game and GW Auction item. By review, we have collectively agreed, via the Forum, that we will allow now "4 Map Pieces" to exist as a composite with the rider that the Owner's Note Field should explain that the "4 Map Pieces" ARE the 4 different items available in-game (or not!) ... almost WYSIWYG but text only.

The reason why we do not support other composite items is because we do have a trade related Price Records system which does give members (and visitors/guests) a better idea of prices of in-game items on the basis of actual prices paid and not guesstimates of personal experience. Another reason is that unique in-game items do have consistent in-game item names and so people who use the GW Auction Search and Wishlist Browser functionality will insert in-game names to try to find items they seek and items such as 'Packages' will be missed as they are unknowns. Price Records also works on name search so would become obsolete if unique in-game item names were not used for sorting and filtering purposes.

However, perhaps the most important reason why we prefer not to allow composite items is that Sellers Packages may seem a great idea to Sellers but if a Buyer only wants one part of a composite package they may be forced to buy unwanted items for a higher price than they would have to pay for the one item they actually want. A little more work by the Seller to split up items into unique separate auction lots may well attract different Buyers and the sale of ALL items progress just as quickly ... it all depends upon Economic Demand as one "gold sovereign" will sell better than one "brass farthing" - putting them together and calling them "Coins" does not make the Buyer any the more wise or happier.


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