Nexon originally envisioned Maplestory‘s free market as a place for players to trade and sell goods, but the feature has devolved into a scammer and gold seller’s paradise.
So Nexon has decided to simply do away with it. They are closing the free market. Currently the shutdown is scheduled for late February, but that’s – of course – subject to change.
To accommodate the change, Nexon is removing hired merchant and related items from sale in the Cash Shop. If you have any of them in your inventory, be sure to use them before they’re gone.