Once, players were able to speak on all channels at character creation. With the introduction of the ICC Shuttleport, players under 11 were restricted to the Newbie channels, and separate categories for Shopping were created: (Faction) 11-50, (Faction) 50-100, etc.
Etiquette for Shopping Channels are in one respect, more strict than for OOC channels. While players may be reproached for posting sale notices on OOC, no one ever even tries to post non-mercantile messages on the Shopping channels.
Slang and Acronyms
This is a collection of acronyms that are used on the trade channels and on the market forums.
HNTA: Heavy Notum Tank Armor
LNTA: Light Notum Tank Armor
MNTA: Medium Notum Tank Armor
'Or Best Offer' is uncommonly used but indicates that the person has set a price for something but is willing to accept other offers,
including haggling over a lower price or barter for an item of higher value.
'Please Send Tell' is commonly used at the end of posts as an indication of how to get into contact with the poster. It is a reminder to
use /tell X, to keep the chat or especially the shopping channel itself clear for other messages. It is used by both sellers and buyers on
the trade channel.
'Willing to Buy' or 'want to buy' is an acronym used when a player is looking for a item to buy. It is also occasionally used to request
buffs. Also 'LTB' for 'Looking to buy'.
This expression is also sometimes used by players to indicate that they want something in general chat; such as the ironic mixing of RL
(Real Life) and game concepts: "WTB one more night off of work"
This means 'Willing To Sell' and indicates that somebody is trying to sell something. It is generally used at the beginning of a trader
channel post or in the name of a market forum post. Can also stand for 'want to buy'. Also 'LTS' for 'Looking to sell'.
It is also an expression used by players when they want to get rid of something, such as the ironic: "WTS Aggro. Whole Sale Prices."
'Willing to Hire' is an expression that is used when somebody is requesting a service of another character, usually tradeskills or common
buffs. It indicates that the person is willing to pay for the service.
'Willing to Trade' is an expression used by players when they want to barter, trading an item(s) for another item(s) rather than an item
for money, or an item and cash for another item of higher value.
It is also sometimes used when a player wants to get rid of something.