Drops have been great so far, maybe a little slow but there is nothing like gearing yourself and getting exited about drops that actually don't totally suck 99.9% of the time.
Haven't spent a cent on 3rd party sites but so far i have managed to get a few GG items as well as some good runes. Managed to get 2 jah runes <-(From a trade) , 7 ist, 5 Um, 8 pul, and about 12 Ko's so far not including all the lower runes i have been saving for crafting and runewords. Got my second Soj last night woo! And i haven't even started farming Hell yet lol.
So when your all as sick of d3 and its major drawbacks as me don't hesitate to load up d2 again... Its worth it and that's not the nostalgia speaking, Its the I am playing it NOW and having as much fun as i did back then.
Not as many playing as there was but lots playing. Specially if you hit peak hours. And most games tend to be in Nightmare or Hell.
TIP1: The N key is your friend. Clears your screen of bot spam when pressed.
TIP2: Trist runs lvl 1-15, then Tomb or Cow runs, then hit those baal runs :)
Edit - Yes i am playing new ladder, I have no duped items as i am 100% self found so far. Only trades i am doing are gear i find for runes. Enigma and Infinity are my next crafts. Have 15% ed Superior mage plate and eth 4os CV for those. And today i make my first Hoto of the ladder.
My only wish - Diablo 2 with diablo 3 graphics. That is all. Everything else in d3 can stay in d3... or should i call it by its real name... Satanic Pay2Win Cashgrab #1