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The entire rules content of support material used in APs is open content, and freely available on the Internet. So it got tenable right away, next argument?
If you are correct, then there should be APs that use material from more than core and 2-3 sourcebooks that happened to come out a titch before the given AP did. Maybe 3-4 if you count monster books.
Can you name any APs where this is the case?
So, you've moved the goalposts. Your initial point was "you need to *own* all these books!" and when that got shot down we're in the "there are so many books, I'll never be able to process them all!" zone.
Which is an age-old argument in every RPG system that has more than 1 rule book printed for it. WoD, WFRP, GURPS, Rifts, Exalted, Shadowrun, Star Wars... Except in this case you don't need to shell out the money to keep up, that is.
The funny thing about the 3.5 gaming crowd, which makes up the vast majority of Pathfinder player base, is that they, for the most part, embraced the vast sea of options. Pathfinder isn't the only RPG out there, it even isn't the only iteration of D&D out there, and I can pretty much bet that all those people who prefer lite gaming hardly ever touched 3.5, let alone Pathfinder, and are out there happily playing OSR retroclones or whatanot.
Also, most folks can see PF for what it is and what it's not. I highly doubt that Paizo's business goal was, at any point, to satisfy every RPG gamer out there, or even every D&D gamer. The primary demographic was, and likely will be, folks who enjoyed 3.5 and got dumped upon by WotC when they killed 3.5 and started 4e.
Important point: 3.5 didn't die because of rules bloat, it didn't die because people stopped buying it, and it didn't die because the system fell apart. When WotC pulled the plug, it was an extremely popular, widely played and enjoyed game despite all the dozens of splatbooks and a sea of 3PP material. 3.5 was axed only because the Corporate Overlords of Hasbro decided that a new stream of fresh money generated by a new edition is what they want at the next annual bottom line. The fact that a massive market wanted *more* of 3.5 was made pretty evident when Pathfinder hit it high with the promise of bringing "more of the same" to the table.
So maybe you're not the target market group. But that fact alone doesn't mean that the system is going to fall apart.