Yes I spent literally over an hour trying to buy a single grill. Every single one I clicked on wasn't there. It's got to be the worst trading system in every game I've ever played.
Yeah it's mega frustrating. Especially when you get into the high levels and it's even harder to see what you want because there are three times as many items all competing for the same space on the screen.
It's good and bad. It's bad that 9 times out of 10, the item you want is already snatched, but it's also good in that no matter what you put up for sale, it sells in seconds.
if you bought right from there the only Items that woud sell are the advertised ones. They just need to make the cities load faster.
I sent a ticket to support, here is the reply:
Tarun Pathania (SimCity BuildIt)
Dec 31 14:17
Hello Mayor, thanks for contacting us.
I'm sorry you've been having a frustrating time trading and purchasing. The Global Market moves extremely fast and the most desirable items go very quickly, so it's important to grab an item as soon as you see it!
If our servers refreshed your Market every couple of seconds it would cause a huge strain on the game, your device, your data and your battery - so to show the Market in real time would not be a great playing experience either. It's not all bad news though - as more and more players join the game there will be more and more items available for sale in the Global Market, so supply and demand will get better every day.
If you're worried that the Simoleons were taken from your account when the sale failed, don't worry - the Simoleons are refunded back to your currency totals afterwards, the next time you visit your Trade Depot. We know this isn't very clear at the moment so are working hard on improving this messaging for the future!
Which clearly isn't going to help. More people means more items, sure, but it also means more people trying to buy them. I told them this in a reply and they just said "thanks for your feedback" hehe, I really hope they do something else about it.