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Here, I'm going to briefly talk about the current trading system in relation to an instantaneously-trading and possibly offline trading system (G.E. or an approximate): As is, the very fact that I own more than one type of item has intrinsic value (as holding onto multiple of a variety of items allows for me to meet the demands of would-be traders, and meet my own personal needs while saving time). Likewise, I've spent time and effort holding onto multiples of every herb, ore, rune and resource in the game. Likewise, with an instantaneous Grand Exchange where coins equate ownership of an item (as all items are instantly available at all times), every single item in the game loses value in relation to the coin, because there is no value in actually having the item itself. Therefore, an instantaneous G.E. discourages players from actually having items, because it would be easier to simply have coins and then spend them as needed over working to acquire ownership of a diversity of items. This will likely reflect in a lower coin-value of all items in game as well as a buyer-driven market (again, having coins will have inherently higher power than owning items). This will further increase the disparity between skilling players and high-level PvM players to the point where skilling will only be significantly profitable via mass-botting. As for me, I'm pretty sure I'll be unable to view items in-game with the same level of appeal. There's something to be said of having a herb that I can clean and turn into a potion on a dime. There's something to be said of being the one guy in the bank who can forge a full set of X or Y from scratch. With an instantaneous G.E., all items just become coins. Less of a physical item (relative to the in-game) and more of a metaphysical concept. And that is why our trading post should stay the same* T'L';DR - If everything I need is in a super vending-machine in my house, there's no point in me owning food.
With the recent hacks and scams going on, i'm taking this as an opportunity to suggest a fail safe that could prevent many scammers in the near future. There is pros and cons to this, i'm not going to lie. Anyway, I know this has probably been suggested but in this recent up rise of scammers it may seem like a sensible think to do. My suggestion is add a verified section to the Black market's services section. In here the users can know that they're putting their account into safe hands. To be a 'verified' service, one has to be eligible. To be eligible you have to be on the forums for a certain amount of time, e.g 1 month. Users also get to vote whether the service should go into the verified section, like the scripter's rank. The user also has to have so much feedback on their profile. The benefits are that there will be less scammers to seize opportunity. But the only downside, to what I can think of, is that it will not allow new businesses to arise. This is where a 'free' section can take place. Click here to see ooglesentme's post on it. This 'free' section will allow users to build up there reputation and feedbacks until becoming more well known. This is not used for the more 'well known' services to take advantage but for the customers to be placed in the right hands. If you have any disagreements I would love to hear them below, as long as it is CONSTRUCTIVE criticism, not hate. Many thanks, Graqh.