Quote from makaSorry, but this is such bullshit. The people that first completed/farmed Inferno did so by exploiting bugs in the game and by death-zerging and other exploits. They then got Inferno-level gear and put it on the AH, where people bought it, used it to farm inferno, then put the loot on the AH, and the cycle began anew.
No. Just no.
People were racing to be the world first, and among the first ones to beat the game. This is why they exploited. This is why they skipped the months-long work you were supposed to do, to get the 99%+ perfect gear, to polish your gear set and spec, in order to kill the bosses on inferno. People who finished the game during those days didn't have perfect gear. Nowhere near. Not only that, but they more often than not used fast, huge DPS builds, which wouldn't have worked without exploits and dying 20 times a boss. These are the people then who started to drop items into the AH.
The point was always to fight your way to the next good item, and with that have a less of a hard time getting the next one, and so on. Instead, people rushed, because people have no patience, and people thought the point was to finish the game in days, or weeks. This is why the community suddenly had inferno gear to buy, gear they then bought, and gear with which they then were able to farm areas they had no business farming. This lead to them crying about how nothing drops. Really? Nothing drops when you've already bought the items that you were meant to get by fighting for them, by working for them? -.-
Average players should still be working through inferno, getting going through hundreds and thousands of useless drops just to upgrade towards the optimal gear set, which then combined with awesome skill would allow you to beat inferno. Instead we never got to do that, because impatient players started crying after a week of the game being live how inferno is too hard and how items gotten from the AH ruined the game for them.
It's pointless of you to conclude anything concerning the level of difficulty of the game because of exploiting and rushing morons who tried to get world firsts and such irrelevant crap. It has no basis in reality.