CG62 wrote:So, in an attempt to force this thread back onto the rails, here goes:
I like where this is going. Trading really needs some new features.
I think it'd be cool to allow lawspeakers or chieftains (or members of the hird) to build special vending stands that ANYONE could rent out (paying the owner a small fee, they give you a writ to use it), and then perhaps they could charge a small tax on the goods sold or bought (x% of coins gained through sales go into a slot on the stall only openable with a key).
That way, we can have people profiting from allowing people to trade within their walls (I imagine TCoB would get quite rich this way)
Why would anyone submit to that? I can totally guarantee that not a single person (besides maybe you) would be willing to pay a non-trivial tax in order to rent stall space. Particularly because there would always be the option for a tax-free market. And renting the actual stall? They don't require any valuable goods. Anyone can make one.
We already know that no really good items will be sold at stalls because of the increased risk of theft (and really good items get bought with chests of goods, not fractions of bars) so basically the primary consumer of goods sold at stalls are newbies. And by the nature of coins, they are worth very little, and will only be used for items that cost a fraction of a bar. So how would implement a tax on a 5 coin transaction? Any tax at all would be 20%, which would immediately halt all trade.
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