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A large market where people from different parts of the world come together to trade their goods.
— in-game description
The Xunlai Market was meant to be a trading outpost and was discovered by players at the beginning of 2008 in the Gw.dat file. This feature was possibly developed at that time and presumably discontinued later; all following information is derived from the text strings found.
It was not an auction house but a place ("bazaar") to sell items for a fixed price. Players had a "Market" button in the Party search panel where they could find a list of items, searchable and filterable by categories in the current district or globally in the game. You had to spend a listing fee for every item, the amount is unknown, but would be variable, which would not be refunded when unlisted. The item had to be held in inventory while it was being offered in the Xunlai Market, the purchased item was put directly to your inventory and gold to your vault box. It is not known if the item could still be listed if the character was in an explorable area.
Localized German and Spanish strings were found in the dat file too, so it can be assumed that the Xunlai Market was a well advanced project in extended testing status. The data was presumably deleted from the live dat-file in the January 31, 2008 game update (source).
- Celestial Sigils
- Crafting materials
- Focus items
- Quest items
- Skill tomes
- Weapon upgrades
- The design of this area was repurposed to create the Embark Beach.
- The former name was "Marketplace" and used to have a "Marketplace List".
- According to Fansite Friday interviews, the plans for this feature last since the Beta Weekend Events.
- Fansite Fridays #31, #35, #44, #53
- Linsey Murdock's FAQ
- Archived GW Guru forum thread
- Archived The Unofficial GuildWars forum thread