If I remember right, the search menu was eventually changed to allow you to purchase straight from the menu. Yeah, if you wanted to sell anything, you still had to stuff it on the retainer, but that wasn't really that different from us sticking things on mules overnight in Rolanmart in XI. Purchasing was considerably easier by the time 1.23 shut down.
____________________________FFXI: Catwho on Bismarck. Once again a top bard on the server: Dardaubla 90 on 1/6/2014
FFXIV: Katarh Mest on Lamia - Member of The Swarm and the League of Extraordinary Crafters
I can't understand anyone who skips the cutscenes of a Final Fantasy game. That's like going to Texas and not getting barbecue.