Think about back in D2. How did you go about getting the best gear then? You either went to sites like D2JSP.org or any other numerous retail sites where your paid REAL MONEY for the items you wanted. Only difference is back then it was risky and you could EASILY get scammed
of your money. Blizzard has provided a safe and secure means of attaining that awesome gear that you would otherwise never have in this game.
Some of you argue that you shouldn't have to buy your way to a great geared hero. And for the average player that just enjoys questing and farming you don't have to. However, if you are a serious dueler then you know that having the best gear makes all the difference. With the loot system the way it is and has always been (even in D2) either saving up gold or using real money would be the primary means of getting the gear you need.