...Why Square-Enix insists on maintaining the "retainer" system of FFXIV?
In XI there was an auction house system. I assume that the major point of the retainer system was to prevent people from keeping multiple characters logged in 24/7 to run their "bazaars" (if I'm wrong please correct me). The retainer system ultimately failed horribly until a search function was added effectively turning it into an auction house of sorts.
My question is, why must we enter an area filled with 200 retainers (that can't even be displayed" and then click on "search"? Why doesn't Square just add item search counters throughout the towns? I wouldn't mind if they wanted to keep the market wards specifically for you to place individual retainers for bazaar purposes but I don't see why the auction house is so undesirable in FFXIV.