Simple idea, let us set prices with more decimals, 3 would be good, 4 even better, i.e. 0.05cc ==> 0.049cc/0.0489cc
Why? Look here:
It's probably the biggest WRM market in the new world. At the moment there are 91 pages with offers. WRM price has just dropped by a cent so it's not how it normally looks. Normally on any big market, WRM (and FRM too) identical offers at the market price occupy 2/3 of pages and show up in random order on every page load.
Now if you want to sell your raw, you have to post it at a cent less than market (or wait for a long time/rely on luck). In case of WRM, posting it at 0.04 instead of 0.05 means you lose 20%. FRM - 0.02 instead of 0.03 - you lose 33%. That's a lot. It causes other problems:
- Certain people use bots to buy underpriced raw automatically. Try posting 1 piece of raw as a test and I'm sure it will be bought immediately by those bots. That's unfair for honest players. If I were to create such a bot, it would frequently refresh the page and buy as soon as a good offer appears. That causes an extra server load. Really a lose-lose situation except for bot owners.
- People have to use IRC to trade raw more efficiently. The seller posts raw at a higher price (or use a special link), the buyer buys, and the seller returns the difference via donation. There are also scammers, who make the IRC trade risky.
If setting more decimals were allowed, there would no longer be dozens of pages with identical offers. They would resemble those from other markets, like Q7 tanks. It would eliminate botters and scammers. Raw prices would become more fluid - now they stay at price X for a couple of weeks, then go up/down by a cent and continue for a few more weeks.
Weapon/food factory owners would benefit, too. They wouldn't have to go to IRC to buy cheap raw. They could simply buy it on the market.