I'm seeing a major issue with a lack of a market for low end gear. New players have to either: Rely on charity Wear low dura mob drops which constantly break Spend more money than they have to/need to on higher tier gear there's a market for Buy vendor armor, which is expensive and low durability Start the lengthy grind to building everything themselves A new player looking for a banded set in trade will generally get a response like "banded is shit buy scale". Well that's great but a scale set uses over twice the mats as a banded set for a relatively minor increase in protections. A new player now has to spend twice as long farming for a set of gear than they really need to, if they get ganked and looted for a set of armor that will most likely be trashed anyway, and that's just upgrading to scale. Even asking for scale in trade is unlikely to result in many replies, with basically the minimum armor that anyone is selling in any great quantity being Full-Plate, far beyond the means of the average new player. If newer players do find someone selling lower tier armors, they generally need to buy in sets of 5-10 sets. Buying a single piece or even a single suit, is out of the question. If one piece of your armor breaks, expect to spend a lot of time trying to replace it. This is why I really think SOMETHING needs to be added to the game fast. This situation is created because the transaction costs are far too high. It's not worth people trading low value gear in small quantities because there's barely any margin on them. A scale cuirass might cost about 230 gp in materials to craft, and might fetch 300 gp, maximum - this isn't enough to entice someone to even produce these items because they would have to wait around a bank or travel back to it to sell it. Deployable vendors/Marketplaces/Auction houses, whatever would allow someone to stock these items in high traffic new player areas and replace them as they sell, and a lot of new players would have a much easier time playing the game. I don't even craft, but I'd happily find someone willing to produce these items and stock them if something was in the game to make them easier to sell.