I heard many people, especially newcomers, complain that in the Auction House everything is sold only for ARc Bars. And honestly this is the most profitable way. No, not because you get bars. Fuck bars.
That's because of fee. When you're selling for bars, fee is very low. But when for ingots, it gets higher. And sometimes you want to sell cheap things for well, cheap, and the fee is way higher than your price.
So people who want to support newcomers with more accessible auctions get punished for it. Fee is calculated based on buyout amount or quantity sold, whichever is higher.
Current ingots:bars ratio is 5000:5, so here's an example:
Selling a dino for 5000 ingots, fee is 250 ingots.
Selling a dino for 5 bars, fee is 5 ingots.
Selling savroot seeds, x50, for 1 week, for 5 ingots: fee is 7 ingots (so you loose 2 ingots)
Selling 5000x longrass, 1 week, 200 ingots: fee is 350 ingots (you loose 150 ingots)
- and so on.
Selling for metal, and selling resources is pointless - people will buy it, but you get nothing from it (unless you set weird prices) - and people who only sell items for bars pay almost no fee and get the bars - the more they have, the less they loose.
My suggestions is setting a flat fee, so every auction has the same - for example 1 ingot - so doesnt matter if you sell for 1k ingots or 1 bar, your fee is the same, and this way maybe more people would be encouraged to use metal.