It seems they're trying to shove a full-scale PC game into a tiny box--it doesn't fit.
Furthermore, I firmly agree; Trade is WORSE now, than before this most recent "update".
Click an item, travel to city, item is sold, back to trade, click another item, item is sold--I think they made this problem worse; the frequency in which I personally click an item only to find that it is no longer available has actually increased since this update. Before, I could refresh instantly after realizing the item was already sold--now I must wait for a timer??! You've gotta be kidding me, EA. Seems their solution to "fixing" trade, is to make it so difficult to use--that people stop using it. Hey, less usage = less complaints. I guess that's one way to solve a problem--too bad you lose masses of gamers who will not be making any real purchases either... or is it too bad? Maybe I'll go outside and play now, instead. :-)
All good and well with the changes I suppose, it does at present make it a little easier to be successful in purchasing goods. There was a time earlier under the old method where it was good to be almost successful each time but that didn't last. However I'll keep going and hope any tweaking is for the good. I've had some corkers to complete a ship load resulting in me selling quite a lot in order to make room for 59 metal and 29 measuring tapes for the one ship! Thankfully I've maxed out in the storage department.
Now, how about sorting out all these people who have hacks working to generate excesses of goods and money who generally spoil the game. It's not as bad as it was earlier this year but I notice listing for hacks on the internet for the latest update of Simcity Buildit. This is so disappointing and I hope EA discourage users of these programs by un-listing them, or whatever it takes to make sure the game is played by serious users.
deBru: There is zero player-to-player competition in this game, so why do you care if Joe Cheater hacks the game? How does Joe Cheater's actions "spoil the game" for YOU?
Question: Can you pay REAL MONEY to speed up this game? Answer: YES! EA is the only entity who LOSES when Joe Cheater hacks. If Joe Cheater has unlimited resources--how does this affect you?? The answer is.... JOE CHEATER DOES NOT AFFECT YOU, JOE CHEATER ONLY AFFECTS EA'S PROFIT.
30 second wait time for Global HQ has broken the game. Might as well just take Global HQ out altogether. Not sure who thought this "update" was a good idea. The old system was flawed, but at least it was workable.
March 2015 - last edited March 2015
I don't mean to defend EA, but maybe the 30 sec refresh was ordered a long time ago and only just now got incorporated.
I can imagine one reason for doing this. After seeing countless panels offering nothing I need, I've sometimes been given a panel containing TWO cities I'd like to visit, but I could only choose one, and the next panel would contain completely different offerings. So by keeping the panel consistent for 30 seconds, I can now visit one city, be depressed that my choice is forbidden, and visit the second city and again be depressed that my choice is forbidden to me there as well.
I get to be annoyed twice by the same panel of offerings. It's a lose-lose scenario that EA accountants must be proud of. I hope they choke on their lunchtime martinis. Only drunken accountants could insist this frustration is a game.
I posted this in another forum about this change... repeating here:
It's simple... every mayor should get a "Buy Queue".
They can select any item they want and they'll be placed at the end of the line with other mayors wanting the same thing. They can have as many requests in the queue as they have simcash to buy queue slots. They will be show an "average wait time" for each request and can opt not to place it if they feel it's too long. They can specify quantity but it must be an exact match (this will drive single sales and reduce the amount of people gobbling up lots). Their funds get deducted based on the market value (get rid of the price adjuster... seriously - who sells for less than the maximum????)
WIN: EA gets more simcash buyers with a new simcash-based feature
WIN: Users get more predictable outcomes