I am utterly amazed that you all managed to make the Global Trade HQ worse. It used to be I could never find anything I wanted. But, if I found something, I had a better success rate than I do now. The llamas must be incredibly dense because they keep apologizing for not having the item in stock. I spent 15 minutes trying to buy 1 green tea (after a few minutes of trying, I would have bought 10 of them if I could). Let's see. I was successful in 0 of the 7 times I tried to purchase one.
Here is a list of things I have noticed that have made the global trade "fix" worse:
I am at the point where I don't want to play anymore. I was actually enjoying the game and taking my time building the city. I am at level 30 right now with about 520k citizens. Since I can't buy any items, I can't even complete a disaster challenge in a day (and please don't get me started on how you all Nerfed the rewards).
I have played a few Freemium games and I have generally purchased somethings here and there. Unfortunately, not a penny from me until I can successfully use one of the main components of the game: the global trade. There are a zillion suggestions from the user community. I ask that you not be stubborn and embrace these ideas to correct this horrific design flaw.
I believe the problem has nothing to do with the speed at which things sell or the difficulty of implementing a search filter.
I believe there IS a search filter in play right now that is reducing the list of available items so that the ones I need are not available to me.
Before I built the Vu Tower I saw a LOT of Vu Tower items. Again and again. As soon as the Vu Tower started being constructed, I saw maybe half as many. As soon as the Vu Tower was finished and ready for use, I saw almost no Vu items.
When I need Table, I see almost no Table, and when it finally shows up and I visit that City to get it, it is either not shown or when I tap on it it is magically not available. Later, when I don't need Table anymore, Table is available to see and to obtain.
I can get items I don't need. I can't get items I need. It's that simple and I believe it's done on purpose to try and get me to PURCHASE those items.
EA has to make money. I would buy the game or pay a subscription fee. But I will NOT pay to avoid playing. Buying my next advancement is not "playing" the game. It is paying someone else to play the game for me.
This Global HQ problem makes me want to quit. Congratulations, EA, you've broken a great game.
I have to say that after this update I no longer get ONLY a bunch of metal for 4 days straight. So good job! It also runs smoother now. Still don't get why I'm waiting for the selling city to open. Valuable time going to waste in which someone else snatched the product from under my nose...
March 2015 - last edited March 2015