I think it is insane that anything would even sell for 2 billion. I think the cap should be 1 million so no sympathy here for the cap. I mean could you imagine all the players being able to buy the gear they need? What a concept!
Can you also imagine them quitting 2 minutes later when they realize there isn't anymore point to the game?
Being able to afford things you can actually get without 8k+ hours of farming gold (for things at gold cap), buying it (illegitimately, because cheaters have ruined the efficacy of buying it legitimately) makes the game have no point?
Oh wait, it puts the point back into the hands of people who actually play, and not those who manipulate the economy by forcing prices up beyond reasonable values and validate taking advantage of cheaters and abusers.
I think that X person should be able to spend Y hours playing the game and gear their self without even using the AH.
So you basically want mini-wow minus raiding. So why did you buy Diablo? Because what you want is not what Diablo has ever been.
I beat D I and D II on all difficulties without ever having to buy items and hundreds of thousands of times more gold than I'd make on my own in a few thousand hours.
So, that's what Diablo has ALWAYS been. Until now, and only because to see legendary or set items in inferno, you need a ridiculous amount of progression that is held back by the economy.
I want to spend my time farming for gear to gear myself and not sit for hours trying to find items or sell items on the AH.
You are playing the wrong game. The second this game turns into what you want is the day the Diablo series dies.
That's what the rest of the series was like. Did you actually play them, or were you just sitting on the third party sites buying/selling things and not actually playing the game to see that those aspects were virtually identical, bar a lower rate of progression in D III?