At the State of Play III workshop on virtual property, Andy Zaffron of Sony gave us some live data regarding how their Station Exchange is doing.
The service opened on 2 of 22 possible servers mid-to-late July. As of Thursday last week, these two servers (taken together) had:
4200 accounts registered for Station Exchange (from 30,000 accounts in total)
$420,000 in total turnover ($180,000 in characters, $210,000 in coin, the rest in items)
7736 successful transactions [exact amount]
Average amount transacted per account is $98.16 [exact amount]
Average amount transacted per transaction is $54.
1 platinum piece is $11 on one server and $19 on the other.
There are 51,000 characters on the 30,000 accounts.
The volume of trade is lower than I was expecting, and the amount per transaction higher. I thought we’d see larger numbers of low-value items traded, but instead it’s pretty much the same as on the open market. Maybe the $1 issuing fee is putting people off.
He also said that according to their user surveys, a third of their players liked RMT, a third hated it and a third didn't care one way or the other.