I have never used the RMAH and I will never buy gold. So at this point the game is pointless for me to play. Any upgrades for me at this point (from AH obviously as I NEVER find good stuff) belong to market segments controlled by bots and players who abuse AH like it's their job.
I really can't force myself to play anymore knowing I will never improve my character again in any reasonable fashion. I have about 45,000,000 gold saved up and multiple characters with full inventories of gear that I will eventually sell (thanks a lot 10 auction limit...). I check every few days to see if I can get any upgrades that are worth the gold, but no everything is vastly overpriced clearly controlled by gold sellers.
Here are some examples of overpriced gear that makes me scratch my head:
Andariel's Visage vs. Mempo of Twighlight
I do not understand why Mempo of Twighlight is so stupidly overpriced once it has strength+crit on it. The cheapest one is 239 million... what...
If you compare the stats with a Andariel's Visage which was less than 8 million gold it is quite comical.
You would lose a ton of DPS + life regeneration in exchange for a tiny bit of all resists and some health, and a socket.
This is a perfect example of broken itemization. In this case an item (Mempo) that costs over 20 times as much (as Andariel) is comparable, and in my opinion less desirable for my current gear set up/goals than my Andariel's Visage.
So what's the problem? You cannot get an Andariel's Visage with All Resist AND a Socket. I don't really even care about the Socket anymore what's the point of increased experience when Paragon levels don't really do that much for you? But yet clearly the Mempo's having a socket AND all resistance is causing the BOTS to control noobs to buy gold.
Poor itemization for high end helms. Not enough viable upgrade paths.
Lacuni Prowlers with Strength + Crit vs Lacuni Prowlers with Strength + Crit + (All Resistance And/Or Vitality).
So why is it you can get a Lacuni Prowlers with decent strength and crit for about 5 million gold? But if you want All Resistance the price skyrockets to 45 million instantly even if it's only 22 All Resist and the item is arguably worst overall (no life regen, less strength). If you want one with All Resist AND Vitality it would cost at least 130 million gold for once again a very comparable item to that 5 million one...
Bracers like the Helm are another gear spot that really seems to be very limited in viable upgrade paths thanks to insanely inflated prices for marginally better or even worst gear options.
I feel that those 2 examples are just scratching the surface of why this games itemization and economy is terrible. This is causing the game to be pointless to play in my opinion.
As you can see there are HUGE gaps in prices based on what stats are on an item. Are players really responsible for this? Or is it BOTS that automatically control the markets which causes such huge price gaps?
I really hope it's BOTS controlling the market segments and causing these absurd prices. If not than people are REALLY bad at knowing how to shop and do not understand stat values whatsoever. It just concerns me that people must actually buy gear similar to my overpriced examples listed above. BOTS are making a fortune off of stat noobies, and this failed itemization/economy.
Blizzard please fix your game so there is a point to play EVEN IF YOU DON'T BUY GOLD.