I started playing this game and chose this server because I thought it was a new server that was going to grow. Trade chat is constantly spammed with bots all day long advertising gold sites to literally "buy (with real money)" items, weapons/armor, mounts, etc.
Last research that I could find states that the server is 70% Horde and 30% Alliance. This isn't a complaint about unfair advantages, but rather a complaint about how many people actually occupy those numbers. With all the larger guilds like DarkFusion and Stasis leaving the realm, it is virtually a ghost town for the rest of us. As of January 16th/17th 2012, there are only 450 level 85 characters on the entire realm. From levels 10 up to and including 85, there are only 726 characters TOTAL.
Our numbers are declining rapidly as people are just simply "quitting" and not playing the game anymore simply because they can't afford a character transfer to another realm. It's not an issue of $25. It's an issue of $25 x ALL of your characters. I have 3 level 85s, and 2 more at 75. Why would I want to pay $150 to be able to play the game the way it was meant to be played? It's simply un-affordable for me at this point, and I know that I'm not the only one with this issue. I know people that have eight level 85s or more. $200+ for a realm transfer?
People level characters/professions to work with their other characters so they can save money in the long run as well. Why would I want to transfer just one of my characters and go flat broke buying everything from the auction house? I use my alts to create the things that my characters need to save money for more important things like gear and helping out my fellow guild-mates when they need some mats for enchants or gems and the like.
AH prices are through the roof on this server. It is truly a seller's market. The auction house is constantly over-run with bot farmers that just farm, farm, farm and then undercut a reasonable price by three times or more. It's literally not worth it to put in the effort to go farming for mats or anything anymore. What would usually sell in a day, can sometimes take 2 weeks (or longer) to sell because gold farmers swoop in and undercut your prices on the daily. By the time it finally sells, any profit you wished to have gained is already used up in re-listing fees.
The auction house is ran buy just a few people. Prices are pretty much set in stone. It's sad when you look in the auction house and become familiar with the lister's names and not the items themselves. It's simply not a viable option at this point to waste efforts on the auction house unless you undercut the bot prices and give yourself little to gain in return.
Imagine a server where you could get online and form a group to run a 10-Man Dragon Soul in about 10 minutes instead of two or three hours (and most of the time not at all). How about Blackwing Descent or an old school Molten Core run just for the pure nostalgia of it? Imagine being able to do this every day, whenever you wanted to - no matter what time you signed online. Sadly, this is a dream that will never come to be if something doesn't happen with our population. We can only hope that Blizzard will help out a handful of their loyal customers.
There are more and more people leaving/quitting every day. The realm is coming to a grinding halt for those few people that just simply wish that you, (Blizzard), would be kind enough to allow those of us who simply can't afford a paid server change, to transfer (along with other lower populated realms), to another server and merge our economies together so that economic/social growth can be expanded and it can be a fun game for all of us once again. We know you don't want to lose monthly subscriptions, and we are not threatening to do this by any means, but for some of us (and many others that have already quit playing), it seems like the only viable option at this point.