The ah in and of itself is no bad thing. But as soon as prices for certain items are hiked to a point that no matter how many hours you farm, you can't afford them upgrades, or they are only on rmah now (flippers trying to cash in) - then it does become a HUGE issue.I agree completely loot needs to be improved to a point where the ah is less important but to remove it completely would be wrong.
We pretty much all agree I think that the loot needs to be improved. More crafted and BOA stuff is best to reduce AH reliance for decent end game items. It's how we get there that is more tricky and undoubtedly we should be able to FARM the very best stuff - not be forced to PAY for it when we'll have spent @ $100 for D3 and expac !!