- May 28, 2021
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I propose we introduce "Buy Orders". Where you can either post on a Bazaar Terminal that you are looking for an item/resource with the price. (Now for Bazaar terminals it could come with a small % tax of it, if you have a Vendor make it a little less and if you go up the merchant tree then make it even smaller.) The way payment would work is if you put a Buy Order up it immediately removes that cash from your character and holds it in the vendor or bazaar (wherever you set this Buy Order), should someone fill that Buy Order by taking it to the place that it's advertised, then it gives the player that cash. If in 30 days it doesn't get filled it can be removed like a general vendor item and money can either be redeemed or put back in the players account.
For generic items you have a set price, many people want things like Holocrons or whatever, or even weapons where you can use the attribute filter to also do Max DPS, Special Ability cost, Weapon Type etc to make sure you are only offered a weapon you actually want.
For resources you have a "Maximum Quantity" with a CPU so say someone wants 1mil of a resource but you only have 100k, you can offer that for the CPU offered but it will also bring the buy order down by 100k.
Or even have it so you want many of an item, be it resource or junk loot and you want it to be a constant Buy Order but up to a fund limit so you don't need to keep putting Buy Orders up. You could just keep getting offers until the funds for that are gone (this amount would need to be advertised as part of the Buy Order).
Now for this, there is a potential that someone may get all 1mill of a Buy Order resource and then offer and someone who also saw the Buy Order is left with resource they don't potentially want now and have spent money on harvester power and maintenance for potentially nothing? Well I am not smart enough to think of a perfect solution for this so one way could be to just reach out to the person offering the Buy Order to come up with an agreement that they will fulfil it and they remove the Buy Order so the person just needs to offer it to their vendor as currently is done.
Think of the Buy Order of being a passive way to trade than active. So people don't constantly take all Buy Orders for a specific thing like resource or junk loot and other people will never see or be able to fulfil orders to earn money. I don't believe "redeeming" a Buy Order would help this as someone could just be on the lookout for all of one type and "claim" that market.
It would be good to link into #trade channel in discord to alert when people put in a new Buy Order. What you could potentially do is to be able to "show interest" that Buy Order which could show people how many are wanting to fulfil it so it's up to the person if they want to also go for it (some things like holocrons may take a long time to get the right one). Now, this could potentially use a webhook from #trade that if anyone clicks a button to "show interest" in that Buy Order, to update in-game how many people are looking to fulfil this Buy Order so when people see it on the Bazaar they can decide there and then too if they want to spend their time gathering for this.
It could also help reduce the amount of #trade posts from being so bulky and hard to see who is looking to buy what. Maybe needs to split #trade to also have #advertisements.
Many new players and even vet players ask in discord "How do I earn money?", "What's the best way to earn fast money?" "Is there anything in the market people want that I can get for them and sell to earn money?" I feel this is the best way to do it, plus add it in to the new player tutorial when it talks about bazaars.
This has been spoken about in #senate-artisan and is something that could work really well if done right so PLEASE share your ideas on how this could work without screwing people over and potentially getting people stuck with lots of resources they don't want but also don't forget that just because it's not needed right now it doesn't mean someone wont want SB resource in the future, maybe a current AS runs out of resource or someone new wants to give it a shot for once but are put off by the idea because everyone's already got SB and they don't so they could put out a Buy Order before-hand and see that people have what they want and they c an start their new journey into a new profession.
This is not limited to resources, it also includes weapons/armour/junk/furniture, literally anything people put in #trade.