The child with his rich father's credit card will always, always have better gear than you, or at least put zero effort into acquiring comparable gear, which means more time to do other things that you cannot.
Do not get me wrong, I am against worthless DLC, even if it's disguised as auction house items, but there was, and is, a huge market for item selling in D2 and WoW (and every other MMORPG type game. Blizzard just thought up a way to make money off of it themselves..
Someone buying better gear than me doesn't bother me unless it's all PvP.I have fun playing the game, and if they spend a lot of money for digital items the only emotion I might feel is pity. I am wealthy enough to buy any of those digital items myself, I just am not unintelligent enough to do so.
I am not going to purchase D3 and am most likely done supporting anything else Blizzard puts out for the foreseeable future. Their games are no longer worth my money, for numerous reasons. I was just stating that the auction house isn't the problem with the game, since it essentially already exists and has even existed well before LoD was announced.
I just feel bad for the fools who believe they will be able to farm and make huge profits. There will of course be rare drops that I'm sure will net a few dollars, but you stand to make more working part-time and McDonalds than by anything you'll gain from D3, not including the inevitable owners of several chinese slave farming camps of course.