Blizzard Community Manager Brennvin has confirmed that the developers have no current plan to introduce an Auction House to the new Mists of Pandaria
cities, Shrine of the Seven Stars and Shrine of the Two Moons. The current auctioneers are only for engineers, just like the one in Dalaran during Wrath
and much of Cataclysm
It was the same with Wrath of the Lich King and Dalaran (including an Auction House for Engineers). Keeping them in the main cities for most players helps spread out the population but also keeps them relevant. Personally, I don't mind traveling back there when I need to make a purchase. I just plan ahead when I know what I'll be looking for or when creating new auctions myself..
He later added, in reponse to another forum user,
It might be true that it was the same in Wotlk but doesn't mean it was a good idea. Also, The portal to Pandaria is only in SW meaning that other cities aren't much of an option.
If you really want to spread the population out then make a portal to Pandaria in all major cities.
For the most part, we actually feel the method used in previous expansions and again here in Mists of Pandaria works well. We also don't believe it's very demanding asking most players to take just an extra few minutes to access an auction house. Obviously some players will want the most accessibility as quickly as possible, but to avoid overcrowding and to disperse the population, this is the best method of meeting those goals..
The post he responded to here makes a valid point. Were Blizzard to place more portals to Pandaria in other cities such as Ironforge or Undercity, those hubs would see far more use. Certainly, it is reasonable to state that a few moments longer to use an Auction House is no big issue. However, given the choice between an Auction House from which they can portal back to Pandaria, and one from which they cannot, players will likely choose the former. This leads to Stormwind, Orgrimmar and the two Shrines being heavily populated, but other cities remaining empty.
Does this warrant new portals to Pandaria in other cities? Is the change worthwhile? Would players shift their Auction House activity to other locations if they could easily portal back to Pandaria?
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