Q u o t e: Who cares about the economy. Just play the damn game, or move on.
Hell, I've taken up a Minecrack addiction lately. I think I'll finally liquidate my gems from the beginning of the season for a few upgrade runes.
Truth is, there is no "economy" in diablo 2. The only quazi economy related to this game that sort of exists is that bs buy your gold and trade it for hacked gear site that the "non noobs" use. In-game trading is rare enough that if you do find something valueable you might as well build a character to use it because the majority of the existing "community" wont bother to trade in game and wont likely have what you need for your character anyway. And on the rare chance they do have something you want theyll pu pu your measly find because they dont need it, while the piece you want sits on their mule.
I'm thinking of raising a boner next ladder. Anyone want to rub, I mean run, with me?