Black Desert’s New Marketplace – Commentary

Okay, now that I’ve had time to actually use and adjust to the new Black Desert marketplace, I’m looking back at what they said and what I posed a while back.

  • After this update, you will be able to use the Central Market with the Silver and items within your “Central Market Warehouse” in an easier and more accessible manner.

So they certainly get credit for this one. From a user perspective, the ability to use it from anywhere is quite nice and effective. The only time I visit the actual marketplace NPC is when I’m dropping new items into the warehouse or picking them up, usually once a day when I’m listing the farmed goods I’m selling. Most of my silver is stored here instead of in the storage, so that when I want to buy something, I can simple do so.

  • [Marketplace] (previous version)
    • Adventurers traded directly with each other through the Marketplace.
    • When Adventurer ‘A’ registers an item, Adventurer ‘B’ could buy the item.
  • [Central Market]
    • Adventurers will now trade within the Central Market instead.
    • The market buys the items that Adventurer ‘A’ registers to sell. Then Adventurer ‘B’ comes along and buys the items off the market.

I thought I understood what they meant here, but functionally it still seems to work the way indicated in the previous version. I have sold an item to the Central Market itself since the first day or two it existed. Everything I’m selling now requires me to list it at a specific price for others to buy. That’s not selling to the market that’s selling to players. Yeah, maybe the “market” is buying my item from me when someone else buys it from the market, but functionally it’s the same thing with extra steps that are invisible to the user.

  • Before, you had to keep items and silver in your inventory or a town storage, but the Central Market will come with its own Warehouse for you to store them now. The Warehouse acts like an account for the Marketplace which allows you access and use from anywhere, at anytime.

This has been the best change they’ve made for me. It essentially added additional storage for me to keep things. It’s based on a kind of points system with some things like gear taking up many more points than other things, probably to try and cut down on it’s usage as storage. I’ve found it super useful for things like seeds that I tend to keep a few of on hand, especially when I’ve built them up to Special quality and set them aside to work on other crops. I need to see what else I can put in here to free up some space. I may be able to get off the Value Pack crack if I plan it right.

Now that I think about it, I have done some direct sales, but only when I see there’s an existing order placed for that item, and it’s typically an order at minimum value when most of the sell listings are near max price. Board flipping orders, basically.

All in all, I feel like it’s a good change, but not one that necessarily functions as advertised. It could also just be how I’m using it or the particular goods I typically deal in. Either way, y’all take care, and try not to spend all your silver in one place.

5 thoughts on “Black Desert’s New Marketplace – Commentary

  1. Indeed, the storage is a godsend, especially the fact that items that don’t normally stack do stack in there. Before this I pretty much had to use at least a one-day value pack every couple weeks to empty my alt’s inventories from scrolls and other more expensive sell loot.

    The biggest change though is that you can actually buy stuff now. There’s boss gear galore in stock, everything up to TRI and sometimes even TET. It’s expensive, sure, but if you have the silver it’s all sitting right there for you to buy.
    I haven’t checked, but I’m petty sure you can even get stuff like logs or rough stone now, which were basically never ever sold before because the meager amount of silver they were set to be worth wasn’t actually worth the effort needed to gather them.

    It’s turning into a functional player economy now, with prices really reflecting how much the items are worth to people.

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    1. Functional as a buyer, yes. It’s wonderful and extremely functional.

      It’s not been as friendly as a seller unless it’s something right on the edge of the supply/demand curve. Things like special hay bales I can consistently sell. Listing my ores/metals/logs/etc however, isn’t very cost effective. I’m sure it moves, but I’m not willing to part with it for the prices they were running. At that point I would rather take the time to turn it into goods and sell those instead.

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      1. Interesting…were they cost effective before the change? Because like I said, I was under the impression that such things were worth fuckall before.

        For example, coconuts and rough rubies have about tripled in price compared to the old system…

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      2. I’d say it’s useful in the sense that low-availability goods have a higher price instead of one dictated by the developer that may or may not reflect it’s actual value to a player. Overall, this is a good change and reflects how a real market operates, at least more than it did before.

        I think what I’m seeing has more to do with the amount of effort required to sell something now. In order to sell something with a somewhat volatile price, you must now check it every day and see if you need to adjust. I don’t tend to do this frequently, but is in no way unique to BDO either, and ultimately sounds like I’m just complaining about having to actually do something.

        I think it’s also the visibility of how much is on the market too. Before, I couldn’t look at logs and see that there are already 200k listed at minimum price. I’d just put whatever in there, hit minimum, confirm it, and typically it would be gone in a few days.

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      3. Ah, I see. Yeah, I noticed that too, had to take armor and weapon pieces I got while grinding off the market and list them anew because the minimum price had fallen before they were bought a couple of times already.

        I agree that it’s a bit inconvenient, but as you say, it’s a very normal thing. I have to adjust prices of stuff I try to sell in EVE or EQII all the time. 🙂

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