Items could turn "account bound" upon purchase from the AH.
b)temporarily (like 3 weeks, tuneable in all directions)
This would create a huge item sink and remove flipping from the game. Either you need the item or you don't buy it, period. It's similar to the WoW "BoE" system, now, that I think about it, though "BoE" wouldn't be enough for D3, for obvious reasons.
If you think "Wait, what if I want to purchase an item now and resell it once I get something better?!", please imagine how much you'd actually lose. Odds are, that by the time, that you dump an item, it doesn't have nearly the value it had, when you purchased it.
What are your thoughts? I know, the AH-players wouldn't like it, it's like taking away their game. Are these the majority of players these days? After most of the monster slayers left
copy/pasting this from my latest response for those, who only read starting posts because I consider it a good summary of my pov:
I kind of agree with this.
I could reduce my suggested item sink to "bind to account on equip", that would be the bare minimum and a pure improvement of the game with no unwarranted penalties to anyone.
That would keep trading and flipping alive and working at full capacity. The problem of this is, that time spent on the AH would remain more rewarding than time spent playing, which is one of the game's biggest issues. Tackling this is important, imo. And via my original suggestion, Blizz could kill those two birds with one stone.
Edited by Solmyr77, 18 June 2013 - 10:49 AM.