Diablo III Auctions Detailed

Blizzard announces a new Global Play functionality for Battle.net to allow Diablo III players to play on servers in different regions. They also announce a new Auction House Website for the action/RPG as home to the in-game auction functionality in the action/RPG sequel. This FAQ has all the details, including how the house rake will work:
In the gold-based auction house, a 15% transaction fee will be deducted from the final sale price of a successful auction.

In the real-money auction-house, for equipment such as weapons and armor, a fixed transaction fee will be deducted from the seller for each piece of equipment successfully sold. This fee is assessed only if the item is sold. For commodities such as crafting materials, gems, gold, and other “stackable” items, a 15% transaction fee will be deducted from the total sale price.
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Note that additional fees apply for players who choose to receive the proceeds of their successful auction via PayPal™ (in regions where this option is available). See the Functionality section of this FAQ for further details.
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May 1, 2012, 21:37
 
AnointedSword wrote on May 1, 2012, 21:21:
Against popular belief (here at blues), a majority of players will use the in game systems.

Well, it's always fun to argue against an invented "popular belief", but no one here has been arguing that people will flock to 3rd party sites.

Personally, I would never use an auction in a game like this - for gold or otherwise. The entire purpose of the game is finding items, so if you just buy them, there's little left to do. With that said, I still find the 15% figure to be way over the top. I expected 1.5% (or thereabouts). That definitely takes it from the "we're just making our costs" to "we're using this as an alternate revenue stream".
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