@XenoBladeX37645 I am not a premium player. I have a 1-month premium pass collecting dust in my storage from when I bought the Sonic Collab bundle shortly after the NA release and before PSO2 went "global." I have never spent a single cent on SG. Technically speaking I haven't spent a single cent for any of the AC I've bought for hte purpose of getting additional Mags nor even for that bundle previously mentioned because I used Bing reward points to obtain Microsoft/Xbox credit and bought them with that.
Yet I have still used the market. I am using it right now. In the time since my last post I've accumulated over 77 million meseta nearly doubling my "life savings" in the game.
I did not, not even once, use a premium subscription pass.
I did not, not even once, purchase an AC scratch ticket.
This is not the first time I've used the market, either. I browsed Look Book, I ran quests with player-made AI, I gave kudos on every market purchase I made, and when the weekly task calls for use of the EX-Cube shop I buy a 1000 FUN point ticket. I've used the market many times using just the 3-day passes.
So no, the market is NOT exclusively run by premium users. Although it likely soon will be unless the 3-day pass is put back into the Fun scratch.
So, you're wrong on that point. And you're wrong on the "premium players would just sell to each other." No, they really wouldn't. Not in any significant degree, anyway. Certainly nowhere near as much as they sell to free players who have no other means to obtain those items and are not chasing the promotional prizes issued for bulk scratch purchases.
And if you buy into what all the other "leave it alone it'll fix itself" naysayers are selling, the free players DO dictate the prices because if your crap is priced too high, we're not buying it, so your only option is to either lower your prices or sit on it and rotate.
And you're still not grasping this. Free and premium players are symbiotic. Free players need premium players to generate supply, premium players rely pretty much entirely on free players to generate demand. Because free players outnumber premium players by a ridiculous margin odds are the majority of things you have been able to accomplish in the game that require teamwork was solely thanks to free players who, being unable to entertain themselves by "playing the market," entertain themselves by, you know, playing the actual game.
One does not need to specifically utter the word "peasant" when one's attitude is "if you don't blow money on this game, you mean nothing and your opinion is worthless." You are displaying just such an attitude, whether it is your intention or not.