I know a lot of other people are rather disillusioned with the way the BM works and how it really isn't worth it to bother voting right now.
So here is my suggestion for completely remaking the Black Market and combining it with drops.
The Black Market still has all of the items it currently does, but rather than them costing votes to be spawned into auctions, they are given a Black Market Credit cost.
Black Market Credits or BMC can only be obtained through drops. The drop rate in items should be largely dropped from current levels down to 1/10 of what they are for items. So you are quite a lot less likely to receive an item as a drop. Instead it should give a higher chance of dropping BMC. Note that BMC would be untradable.
Items spawned by the auctioneer could be changed or not changed as seen fit.
Now when you buy an item with BMC it won't get spawned into auctions but instead you receive the item directly. Also, in addition you can add a few things that might be nice additions to have, for instance the option for a free retrain through BMC.
In the long run this should actually help bring a bit of worth back to some of those cheap items, especially if we had the option for free retrains through BMC.
Please tell me what you think about this.