Big no to “fixing” the market. Market reflects the state of the server. Epona is an open server. Players sell raid gear and this promotes people to buy plat in order to bid for that gear. Most servers that allow ZERO trade on EG items are the ones suffering. And the ones to blame are the clans that are hoarding all the drops in banks. In essence, banks are the “1 percent which own 99% of wealth”.
In order for an economy to flourish, wealth must circlulate. Since no raid gear is circulating on the market, neither will plat items. Because if players have no reason to buy plat then no plat will be bought. And if no plat is bought, the economy (for lixes and overall) suffers. This is fine for top endgame players who lix for only Bt and gele. but when you have a clairvoyant economy, it’s the lower levels who suffer as they need those low lix prices to level.
I believe the ultimate solution is a dkp system WITHOUT banks. It would allow gearing to be based on merit while still allowing some gear to flow in the market. No server has ever accomplished this feat however I believe it will be the ultimate success as it will retain old players and also incite newer players to grow.
I’ve been trying to get a system in place on my server which allows the top percentile of gear (Bt imp godly, gele royal+— (something along those lines)) to be made dkp items which go up for bid whilst the rest are made rolls. And each individual would possess rights to sell or do whatever with any drop acquired. And if an item is not bid on it gets rolled for.
This problem is not the problem of VR it’s the problem of the clans of Ch. Maybe they don’t understand economics. But my question is this, what good is gear which is rotting in banks? Gear which will never be bid on? If that same gear were put on the market, I guarantee that more players would buy plat. Meanwhile maybe the reason for closing the market on eg items is due to clans trying to stay in power. But end message is this: gear rotting in bank benefits no one and only creates more work to for maintenance; gear flowing on the market on the other hand, incites players to buy plat to bid