When I say that shops are only an option for the "wealthy elite" of Arkadia, I'm not referring to anyone's RL situation, but their in-game situation. Whether shop owners regard themselves that way or not... it is what it is. We have the list of shop owners available for all to see, and they're not average players. They are the players that can afford to pay exorbitant prices for shops. And by the way, I'm not blaming you or other shop owners for anything other than wanting to own shops. MA has simply decided that Arkadia doesn't deserve affordable shops. The booths were a nice idea, but there are too few to make them affordable. I do agree that shop and auction fees should be balanced, and I completely understand how the shop owners would feel cheated in their "investment" because their fees were not lowered as well. But if, as you say, shops were not worth the investment even before the fee change..... why in the world did shop owners pay such high prices to own one? Shops are a big advantage. I max out my 30 auctions all the time on Arkadia. I lose tons of peds canceling good auctions just because I need to utilize their slots for more pressing items. I know of Arkadian crafters who are using so-called "partner" avatars to list their wares on auction. Owning a shop is one way to compete, but what can the rest of us so who don't own shops? Maybe MA looked at these high shop prices and figured that since people were willing to pay so much for them, shop fees must be too low compared to auction... and so they lowered auction fees but left shop fees at their current level.