What does GGG’s official Path of Exile trading site have to offer? Well, it has AFK detection, which means you’ll waste less time sending messages. It also has a built-in ignore feature. If you see someone that’s clearly price-fixing or flipping currency at a terrible rate, you’re able to block their listings from appearing on the site.
Those are the two best parts of using GGG’s official trading site. Unfortunately, the new platform definitely has its share of downsides. The layout is unappealing and clunky, and it desperately needs a visual overhaul. Each listing on GGG’s site takes up approximately four times more screen space than one on poe trade, which makes it difficult to quickly skim the listings and find what you need. The other downside is that currently the search functions aren’t nearly as good as what third-party alternatives have to offer. You can probably find what you’re looking for on GGG’s site, but the search parameters just aren’t as detailed. Thankfully, that should be an easy fix.
The creation of an official trading site makes it clear that GGG won’t be adding an in-game auction house. They don’t want players to be able to find all the items they want without putting in a little bit of time and effort. Love it or hate it, but that’s the way it is.
The inclusion of the ignore feature suggests that GGG is most likely going to work on developing a solution to the price-fixing epidemic. And for good reason. Price-fixers can completely ruin the game’s economy for weeks at a time, and they’re manipulating it in order to trade in-game currency for real money. It would be nice to see them gone.
If GGG continues to improve the site, then we can reasonably expect that, at some point, it will become a better–and more popular–place for players to trade items than third-party alternatives. I’d be sad to see poe.trade disappear, but if GGG can offer a better product, it’s a good thing for players. And now that GGG has a legitimate stake in the trading system, we might be seeing more improvements to how trades are run in the future.
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