Lately city and commune shops seem to have been seeing less and less usage - Celest has a good 25% of their shops sitting unused, with no interest in renting them out, people preferring to use aetherplex shops due to their centralised location and the vast variety of shops, seeing it as a 'one-stop' location. I'd ideally like to see/suggest some changes to make city and commune shops more competitive, in comparison to aetherplex shops. I'm at a bit of a loss for what to actually SUGGEST though, since I understand that buying an aetherplex shop is a fairly big investment. I just want to make sure that city/commune shops aren't completely left in the dust.
Ideas so far:
1. Shop signs and Shop logs reduced in price - 200,000 gold for a sign and 50,000 for a log that disappears again when a new owner takes over is a VERY hefty pricetag, well out of the range of a lot of people. Personally, I think shoplogs and signs should either persist across owners, or perhaps the price be heavily reduced (at least for the sign), to 25-20% of what it currently is (and even that might be considered a bit on the high side, given that city shops sometimes only make a couple of thousand gold per lusternian year after taxes)
EDIT: corrected the prices.