given all the bad hype on diablo3, anything after the first MONTH of sales cannot be considered due to the reputation of d2.
and if you want to say bots are buying accounts, then obviously someone must be feeding bots money (ie: there are actual players who spend on gold)
lol. game has dwindled to a crawl. anyone playing the AH knows this, AH traffic does not lie. AH traffic correlates with player activity, based on the strong premise that AH use correlates proportionately to number of players
where's your actual evidence for there being lots of players still playing, apart from the utterly subjective and personal opinion: "well obviously after a month it's all due to D3 being good, not D2"? Mine is simple: On the AH, nothing new hits the market. Months ago, new items flooded it constantly. Now it's the same bis being flipped by the same handful. Moreover, selling gold via RMAH @ min rate used to mean instant sell, or near-insta. Certainly meant all your gld would sell. Guess what happens now? You sell a stack of gold, there's a good chance it won't entirely sell; i.e. you will get paid for what sold, and anywhere from 5-50% might be returned to you, unsold, even tho it was posted @ min rate. This wasn't the case when there were more players.
I won't be surprised if that trend continues. Sooner or later one won't be able to sell one's gold on the RMAH, period. Let alone have a hard time doing it, as is the case NOW.
but the ah is under so much load now.. oh sigh.
AH transactions is also due to the maturity of the player base.
eg: anyone trying to ugrade from 100k to 500k isn't going to be interested in the vast majority of items. and lets be honest here. the majority of anyone past plvl 50 is already there and have the commonsense not to waste money on sidegrades.
eg: I spent the greater part of 3 months trying to find a 9% ias, 5%cc, 80 ar, 80int + loh nats ring and couldn't and finally settled on my current ring after giving up hope that the entire player base in the us farming for 3 months couldn't get a few nats ring of that caliber
right now I'm finding a wh upgrade that has int armor ar 9%ias , 40% cc .. its been 3 weeks so far, nothing really caught my eye.
I've given up on amulet until 1.07 since every single amulet i can find on the ah barely gives a modicum of dps/ehp at the expense of gaining loh when I want high ias,cc,loh,ehp from an amulet
even the fact that you have new people adding profiles to diabloprogress gives an index to activity .
lets put it this way. if blizzard ain't worried, we shouldn't.
and as long as there are bots, the game's alive. (ie: botters wouldn't waste time/money on a dying game)