Linksil wrote on Mar 3, 2014, 16:48: The BoA gear came to be because they don't want people trading. They want people to be forced into self found and because they believe the only thing "FUN" about Diablo games is FINDING the upgrade yourself. Also with removal of the AH they don't want people jumping all over the 3rd party sites so this is another way to remove that. Hell look at the high gold costs for end game stuffs, yet you can't even trade gold.
I almost feel like they were afraid if they had just dropped the RMAH and made better loot, they would be admitting they screwed up one of the main focuses of the game for profit.