Let me give you an example of what I am saying.
Before patch 1.0.7 was even announced VW (Vile Wards) were the most worn shoulder in the game, so they would retain value much more on the AH than any other shoulder on the AH, they would sell fast because people wanted them. They were a great piece of equipment, as soon as 1.0.7 came to PTR and people saw the potential of crafting, they finally got what they wanted. They could afford to get good gear. While I think this is a great Idea, after the PTR came out the AH became a desolate wasteland compared to what it was before. Now that it is live the AH Items that were great have now become mediocre at best (at least the ones you are able to crat now). I have a pair of VW with stats any Barb would love, such as, 270+ Strg/90+ vit/ 40+fire res/and 78 AR, plus the stock life regen. Now before 1.0.7, these would have easily gone for 50+ mil, but now I have been trying to sell them for weeks for less than 40 mil with no luck. Why? Because we can now get better item faster and less expensive. While the AH is still alive, it is surviving on life support.
I was like you and loved to play the AH just as much as the game but I have found a new love in my life, its name starts with a C and ends in RAFTING. I have said good bye to the AH, and while it still has a place in my cold and blackened DH heart, I feel a new warmth of love protruding out towards the black smith every time I enter the game. I just want to make new gloves, bracers, or shoulders, and while I do this a sense of victory comes across me like….like when I use to sell things on the AH. Yeah it’s the same feeling, as that, the one I have longed for, for so long….it is finally back. So I stick to crafting now and have left my AH days behind me, and while the AH’s love still pulls at my heart strings, as long as I can craft, I pay it no mind. So long AH…So long.