Errr... I've did some Diablo runs on Hell difficulty to farm a few 100K of gold to fit out my barb. It's not the top of the end gear that costs millions, but it's enough kill some stuff in act 1 and stay alive
I'm in the same boat. I don't have a piece of gear above 100k and most I get for around 15k. But I need a very specific set of stats on gear to maintain the hilariously high damage I do (I must have had an off-night because I'm back to throwing multiple 150k+ crits). And now I need to get gear with those same stats, but that also has resistances and/or health regen.
I wouldn't buy anything off the auction house, let along the real money auction house. To me, it destroys the whole point of the game and I think Blizzard has fucked things up by making drop rates so poor so that the RMAH can operate.
There is a screenshot of a blue post out there where it was specifically stated they will raise and lower drop rates to regulate auction house prices. I've also heard (but haven't seen any direct proof) they will lower the drop rate of gear that is specifically beneficial to your class. The crazy conspiracy theory is that this will also affect MP games. Ex: having a Barb and Demon Hunter will lead to drastically more intelligence gear dropping. I doubt this claim because, when running with my buddy (DH), I get a lot of quivers and other dex drops that seem more for DH then Monk. Too bad none of it's any damn good.
My beef is playing on Inferno (level 60 only) and getting multiple level 52 drops. In a single-player game this would be idiotic. With the design idea behind D3 being "give Blizzard another IP to print money with" it makes perfect sense.
Even with severe price drops (for example say instead of $250, the price dropped to $50-$75 for that bow in the linked gif), would any of you buy stuff off the RMAH? What's the max you would pay in real currency?
$0 USD. On the off-chance I got a piece of gear worth selling for $$$, I'd cash out (if you even can) and take the ol' lady out to dinner or something. I already beat this damn game 6 times or so. I'm not buying it against so I can stand a chance at beating "super awesome elite difficulty with no originality."