no auction house? thats awesome. have to spam trade requests in public chat until they mute you. sounds like fun. youll get muted long before you ever find someone who has what you want and you have what he wants. out of all the items in the game, youll never find the specific kind of items you need unless you start spamming public chat every minute of the day and hope to god there is somebody online at the same time as you that has it.
This is exactly what people should realize before hating AH. Because frankly AH is one of the best thing that happen in diablo3.
I know, right? Who wants to actually play the game to hunt for items, when the D3 Shopping experience makes it so damn easy to get exactly the stats you want or need? No need for any other quality system to get just the right gear, just buy it from someone else. Not enough gold? No problem, just whip out the credit card...
It's a great convenience, I'll give it that, but it detracts from the game - at least if you want any sort of longevity. Blizzard says they aspire to that for D3, but their design decisions for D3 don't reflect that.
By the way, you don't get muted when you use the trade channel in PoE. You can also work toward improving/changing the items that you do get into the items into the exact item you need. Found a white chest piece the other day that just happened to have the sockets I needed - four armorsmith scraps and an orb of alchemy later, and I got a great rare chest that had 90% of the stats I was looking for. Couple days before that got some rare gloves that had great stats but not the sockets I wanted. A few jeweler's orbs, a couple chromatic orbs, and a half dozen orbs of fusing later? The exact item I wanted.
Obviously not as convenient as just picking the stats and shopping for the item, but if I really wanted to shop instead of play a game I'd go to the QVC website.