I just got done reading some troll-ish fool's post about how Blizzard kicked his dog and ruined this game... or something:
-Off the get go, making it way too AH/RMAH reliant. Early launch, time was spent farming gold to use the money house instead of having the excitement of the item hunt itself.
Which was promptly followed by this statement:
-BOA gear/plans. After they mentioned they wouldn't have that in D3. This game was mean to be all about TRADING if not hunting for your own items. Remember that Blizz? You said it yourself.
This illustrates my point and it's time to put this stupid myth to bed.
Think back to the D2 economy... I know it was a long time ago, but hang with me.
We used things like SOJs (Stone of Jordan rings, for the uninitiated) and runes to trade because it was difficult to trade pieces of gear directly. We needed a way to monetize our transactions and make our assets (our items) more fluid. Instead of waiting for someone to want to trade their particular unique for your particular unique, we traded for SOJs and then turned those SOJs into the gear we wanted.
Does that sound familiar to anyone else? Kind of like gold in D3?
The AH just takes what we were already doing and opens it up to a larger pool of prospective buyers. It makes our item assets more fluid and reduces the time I have to spend sitting in chat spamming "WTS Occulus 2 SOJ, PST" and so on. It even has POSITIVE side effects like allowing you to price check a piece of gear (which many nubs have not figured out how to do yet, judging by the volume of PC PLEASZE that I see on trade chat).
So can we just stop, please?