Psst. Hey you, looking to score a Beech Lightning Staff of Flame in
The Elder Scrolls Online
? I know of a place that could hook you up. The fan-run
TESO Elite Forums
has set up an
, where you can post the stuff you're looking to buy or sell. The marketplace has even been endorsed by developer ZeniMax Online.
The whole reason this third-party marketplace exists is because there isn't an official, in-game auction house in TESO. As gameplay designer Nick Konkle explains to
, ZeniMax decided not to include a global auction house (a common feature in many MMOs), because it could devalue the best gear in the game. It's not clear, then, why ZeniMax would endorse a workaround that accomplishes something similar.
TESO Elite's marketplace seems pretty functional. You post the item you want to buy, sell, or trade, which server you're on, and there's even a feedback system to keep everyone honest. If you want to take full advantage of it, the forums even include a simple
We have reached out to Bethesda for comment on why it's endorsing a third-party market. In the meantime, be sure to read
of The Elder Scrolls Online.