AGAIN if anyone missed it. TLDR? FIX THE LOOT!!!
I still don't trust Blizzard... They have killed the trust I had in them.
It is so obvious you are pushing people to the AH by not letting us find any gear above or at our same level. This is intentional, and until this is fixed this game will suck.
In diablo 2 (and basically every other ARPG I played) you could always find things at your level, and many times you would find things 2 or 3 levels above you that were actually useful.
As many players have stated, there is absolutely no way to upgrade your toon through play because everything that drops is crap. I remember when playing diablo 2, in the course of a week, I would find several set pieces, several uniques and a bunch of other stuff. The loot was always exciting and rewarding. Even if you never used those uniques because they were for another class or whatever, you could see they were great, instead of now... identifying stuff makes me suffer, because I know I'm only gonna get crap 100% of the time.
Sure, you can beat normal difficulty without problem, so you don't experience the frustration and anger of farming for days and not finding anything, but once you hit inferno, the game becomes frustrating, irritating and it just makes me angry...
I cannot bring myself to stop playing, because deep down, I love Diablo, and I used to love Blizzard... which to me was the standard against which I measured all other gaming companies... now you're just another greedy game company, and that will be what will ultimately kill you.
You want to fix this game???? Start with the loot... MAKE COMPLETELY sure that people can advance through the game, EVEN INFERNO, without having to use AH... The Auction House should be a commodity not a requirement.
To me all other problems are secondary to this... FIX THE LOOT... bring back jewels, on hit skills, stuff like that that made diablo 2 so fun and addictive. Your blacksmith sucks, all the items he crafts are mediocre... Pffff....
So yea, please, pretty please, with a cherry on top.... FIX THE LOOT!!!
PS. Think about it like this... I know you wanted people to take forever to beat inferno, because you wanted to make it a "challenge". Truth is inferno is not a challenge, it's frustrating... mobs use cheap tactics that leave you no way of escape (vortex, molten, firechains, jailor anyone?) this is not challenging because you have no way of winning, you just have to run like a chicken... I bet Diablo is trembling on his feet praying to whatever evil god he believes in to not have a demon uprising cause he'd be beaten to a pulp and humiliated by an elite imp, lol.
Seriously, I prefer to be able to finish the game earlier but have fun doing it, this will make me want to buy your next expansion and be excited about it... Instead, I just feel like quitting the game and never coming back... WHAT???? We have to be fighting the same act, with the same monsters, over and over, for an entire year and we're never going to find anything good? (use the auction house dummy)... Now that is fun!!!... Sheeesh....