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A blue has posted that they wanted people to level up blacksmithing to help gear them for Inferno. They didn't expect it to be much cheaper for people to gear up by just using the gold AH. Now that they nerfed the Wizard and Demon Hunter, maybe the Inferno gear will be harder to find on the AH. As a Barb I've only used the gold AH to occasionally buy a 1H weapon or shield upgrade but it was enough to get me to the end of Hell. I'm sure I'd be further behind if I only used items I found or made with the BS.
At this point I'm tempted to only use gear I find or make to prolongue the life of the game for myself.