Quote from RuppguRemoving stats from gear is always something I will be VERY against in this game.
The current itemization is already VERY limited. Everyone is after the same stats. Removing the usefulness of Pickup Radius would only make items even more stale. If you don't like how things are with your current pickup radius, then swap out a stat for some more. It's called a tradeoff.... and it's a good thing.
I agree that removing stats would not be beneficial. That's why I suggested that it may be interesting if the base PUR was increased very minimally with each level until you hit a cap of 8-12 yards maybe. At that point items with PUR could stack (as it does with WD's Grave Injustice) to increase the AOE of various skills for each character class which could add some different build options as far as how gear is selected.