I started using community market since this winter sales. And I also started buying and selling trading cards. (Had no interest in cards before)
In my two months of trading, the one thing that is blatantly obvious, is that there are bots buying every card that sells below a specific price they have setl, and then resell it for profit.
So any card you buy from market, you are actually paying extra % to these 24/7 bots over the % that steam makes.
And I am wondering why Steam isn't doing anything about it. I know that they have banned accounts for that in past. But if they just take few measures they can stop alot of these bots or make it harder of them.
For example, most of these bots' profiles are set to private. Steam should make it necessary to make your profiles public if you want to buy or sell in community market. (Which I think should be the case with any sort of trading... but thats another topic)
Secondly, they should have certain amount of games to do certain number of trades. I've seen bots with like 1 game but selling in every community market I go to. The moment an item cheaper then theirs shows up, they snap it and resell.
In other words, almost every card sold has an extra overhead that goes to these bots. I read an article of someone who proudly confessed in detail how he made $300+ per day for months by trading bots. In the end he was banned but alot of damage was already done. And from the looks of it its still happening.
If the account has some value, then banning the account can do some damage to these bot owners. Otherwise it would mean nothing, and they can just create another account and so on.
This is alot of money that could go to Steam's pccket or the developers instead of these thieves.
A few simple steps can do alot of good. This has been going on for long enough.
Besides these annoyances, I lo
ve Steam. Hope they keep improving.