This is by far the most dishonest, skewed manner of excuse crafting I have ever heard.
Right or wrong, good or bad, buying items/gold is a shortcut. There is no way around it, there is no excuse to trump it.....it is a shortcut. So much so that it has always been considered cheating until the RMAH came into being. Now, it is not against the rules, therefor not appropriately titled as cheating. But still, buying items retains it's reputation as a shortcut, the easy road etc.
No one has ever disagreed that it's not a shortcut, but why does everything has to be an "excuse" in your opinion? An excuse is a justification for a fault, if you did something wrong (paraphrasing OED). By throwing at everyone that they make up "excuses" as reason for using real money, you kind of judge them as if they had done something wrong. Actually, if I don't have the time, I think it would be more wrong to jeopardize my job just to catch up on the 200 hours played gap to my friends than to quickly close the gap by throwing in 10 Euros. Is it a shortcut? Absolutely. But why is this an excuse? To whom should I say sorry? What fault did I make? Whom did I offend? Remember, D3 is non-competitive and no esports.
I have yet to hear it. Someone step up, be a man and put it plainly..."YES, I wanted to do it the easy way. I was willing to pay to be one of the best instead of earning it. I took a shortcut."
Instead we get excuses..."I work long hours.....I have a family......I have lots of money.......time is money, so if you spend time playing it's the same as buying items". Fucking excuses.
I don't look down on RMAH'ers. They only get fulfillment from the game while playing with the best gears. The game is funner when you have good shit, so I understand this. The closest I'll come to aiming an insult would be to say they let their pride defeat their patience.
Call it like it is.....it is what it is....it's a shortcut.
Diablo is a competitive game, even without PvP. You know it, I know it, we all know it. There is a sort of keeping up with the Jones' when you play D3. Friends linking thier hot new gears to you, thier DPS skyrocketing while yours stays embarrassingly low. Some players can fight through that and meet their friends at the top of the mountain at a later date.
Many people cannot. This will not do. Instead of blowing cash money on some other bullshit that gives them temporary happiness they make a decision, a decision to shortcut that trip to the top of the mountain.
What I'm highlighting is a perceived shame among the community of RMAH'ers. A shame that they themselves often harbor. They feel the need to offer excuses for their decisions. They react and flail wildly in full-on defensive mode when their method of accomplishment is brought into question (as can be seen here, in this thread).
It was even hinted at that I'm "stupid" because I mentioned that I, personally, feel like I'm cheating myself by buying items so that's why I don't do it. Such a static, non-offensive and honest comment was repudiated like I'm some stumbling fuckin clown......just for saying how it makes me feel, personally, to buy items and why I do not participate.
I will be clear by stating that I'm referring to people whom have bought full gear-sets for one or more characters. Not people whom maybe bought an item or two to top-off their main, or someone that bought that white-whale item they've always wanted.
To the secondary theme of this thread; Do I feel it is wrong, from a real life perspective/financial perspective to buy items?
NO. We Americans waste soooo much money on gratuitous amounts of entertainment, how could I possibly claim someone is wrong for dropping cash on pixels? It's fine, go for it. Wasting $100 on an imaginary sword is no more a waste than wasting a hundred dollars on porn, or model trains, or any other hobby-esqe expenditure.