The auction contract system needs to be fixed and updated.
The Helpdesk article for Auction Contracts says:
“If the auction contract receives a bid shortly before it expires, the auction will be extended for some time to allow other bidders to react. Additional bids within that timeframe will extend it again.”
Exactly how long is “extended for some time?” The “time left” section of a auction contract does not display the exact time the auction will end. I am looking at an auction and it says “Time left: Less than a day.” This is extremely vague!
If I want to bid on a auction contract which is in a far away region, I have to go to that region. If I want to win the auction, I have to stay in that region for “Less than a day” until the auction is finished. I’ve got other things I would like to be doing besides waiting around for an auction to end.
Auction contracts should display the exact time the auction will end and if it is extended by the act of someone else bidding, then the new ending time should be displayed.
Auction contracts should have automatic bidding where you bid the highest amount you are willing to pay but only pay the current auction price not your highest bid amount if you win the auction.
If someone put up for auction a researched BPO, they might get more for the item than the price they would get from a regular contract. It takes a considerable amount of time to research some BPO’s and if someone really wanted it, they probably would be willing to spend more to get it.
I also think that auctions should be available for bidding from anywhere in the universe, not just in the region where the item is located. What do you do if there are two items for auction that you really want that are located in different regions that end on the same day? The HyperNet Relay allows items to be “traded at any time, from anywhere.” Why not allow this for auctions?
I strongly believe the auction system would get a lot more use if it weren’t so vague with the end of auction time, had automatic bidding, and bids could be placed from outside of the region where the item was located.
I talked to players about these issues and I got the reply: “Auctions suck!!” So lets fix it!