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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Shorter expiry times get priority (?)

Below is a series of images from an item I was selling in Hek.  I am the seller in blue.

The first image shows that i am second in the queue selling 5 of the item at 12,499,991 whereas there is someone else ahead of me selling 7 of the item at the same price.

The second image shows that i have undercut by 1 ISK to sell the 5 items at 12,499,990 with the order open for 3 months.

And then the third image, which took me by surprise, shows the other seller has priced at the same price as me but is now first in the queue.

That took me by surprise because i thought someone who posts to sell at the same price comes behind the existing same priced sales.

The fourth image shows be undercutting by 1 ISK again only to see the other seller come in at the same price later on but come in front of me!

Hence, the only reason i can think of why this seller is first is because the expiry time of their order is shorter (14 days vs my 90 days)

 

9 comments:

  1. I've noticed the same thing as well. I suspect you are probably right - instead of having the oldest equal order going first, the game is taking the one which expires sooner.

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  2. Yes. I've seen this on my own market when I put up a second stack for the exact same price. The older order sells first.

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  3. Doesn't matter. If you don't play silly 0.01 games, you will sell anyway.

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  4. In the screenshots, your window is sorted by "Expires in," which is not the same as the order priority. If someone tried to buy from the 14 day order on top (in the 3rd or 4th image), they would buy from your order instead.

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    1. Sorry for the multiple replies. Should have composed my post before publishing. Your window is sorted first by price, but there's a secondary sort by "Expires in". I think that if you look for a similar situation (same price, newer order has shorter time to expire) and try buying a unit from the top order (shorter time to expire), you'll find that you actually buy from the older order, even though it's listed second.

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    2. Ah, now that is something I had not thought of - I will tet it out next time I see it.

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  5. The sell order that had the longest time spent unchanged on the market sells, not the on top of the sorting mechanism.

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    1. .. forget to enable notification, cant edit afterwards..

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