Never paid real money for gold or items, made everything I have by farming every day after work for 2-4 hours and 10-20 hours a weekend, d3 has all but killed my social life lol. I think making gold is easy enough but most the players I know tend to sit on their gold or over price things trying to milk as much profit as possible, which leaves them in the slow lane. I tend to be the opposite, I go for broke and spend everything I make on the best possible upgrades I can, often leaving myself farming A1 for a few hours for some repair gold. But buying better singular upgrades works because when I'm done using something I can usually sell it back for what I paid or even make a small profit which means I rarely lose gold. I think I have 350-400 mil in gear/gold now, not "godly" but getting there.
Good advice here. I know a few people that constantly spend their gold on crap gear
My best advice to people that are complaining about having no money in this thread... get some better MF. It takes me about an hour to run most of Act 3 (cydea/azmo run w/ a few extra areas) and I'll typically get 1 legendary and 1-2 rares worth selling (500k-10M worth typically). Of course if you only play 1-2 hours a week or something like that... then yeah you won't find drops to make money. This is at 399 MF (thanks follower) full time. MF is worth it, trust me... and the gear is less expensive than you probably think.
when i look at your profile u only stacked your main stat +mf, thats it.
melee-gear with mf is actually super expensive since u still need all resist etc.
Yeah, I was a bit tunnel visioned with that advice. I don't just stack int in my MF set though! I have a few pieces with nice resists and vit as well (not to mention crit and crit damage).... but your point stands, it's more expensive to MF gear a melee, that's a fact.
It's worth it though. I'd work hard to get around 200 MF before NV if you can afford it. It will make a big difference in the long run. You'll make your money back in the end.