I'm sure everyone heard by now (Blizzard played it safe by telling us in as many ways as they could) that the Diablo 3 Auction House is closing on March 18, 2014. Unless the guys at Blizzard somehow mistook this day for April 1 I think this is happening. Besides, I got a mail about it from Elly as well, so it must be true. The reasons given for this huge change in how the game plays make perfect sense to me. Diablo is every bit about hunting for items by ourselves as it is about trading for them, but with the AH trading superseded the actual hunt for items too much. While trading will still be possible even after the closure of the AH, dedicated traders are understandably disappointed with this decision. If we will be back to trading the D2 way, through chat spam, I can't say I blame them. This is part of the reason why I was thinking about a trade system that while wouldn't be as effortless as an AH, shouldn't feel as archaic as a purely chat based one would either. It should fit the D3 devs goal for the game as well. Here's my proposition in some detail: As a seller, you could flag items you want to sell right in your inventory (even outside of games) and these would appear in an AH like list (from any of your characters), no named games or chat spam necessary. Items would appear in this list only when you're online, so no posting items to the market (giev moar stesh). On the other hand you could flag as many items as you want for sale, not just 10. The limiting factor would be how much free space you would be willing to give up for trading. Specifying a target price (or potentially even a list of items for bartering) should still be possible, but the trade would happen in-game or possibly directly through the chat, where you could still haggle or negotiate to use items as payment. No buyout price or bidding. As a buyer, you could still search and filter items by equipment slots, rarity or stats and you could initiate the trading games right from the trading UI. Just right-click on the item you want to buy and select an option that would display a popup for the seller that a buyer has been found, with your name added. After this the sellers could decide how to proceed. They could invite you to their current game, a new game, or choose to facilitate the trade in the chat. Ideally all of these should be options right on the popup message and sending items through the chat should be possible as well. This is basically still a bartering system, but with bells and whistles and an AH-like interface. I think a system like this would be a huge improvement over pure chat-based trading, but it would still require enough effort from traders that trading wouldn't be so ubiquitous and feel as necessary as it does now, because drop chances could be adjusted to better suit non-traders, without the global economy (which would cease to exist) becoming flooded with items. This way trading and farming could be much better balanced, hopefully reaching a happy medium in the process. In another thread ShadoutMapes already had a few remarks about this system: My reply: Feel free to critique my idea and post your own if you have one. However, please don't start a debate about why the AH should or shouldn't go, as this thread isn't about that at all. We have enough threads discussing that topic already. Thank you for taking the time to read this post.