|Valkenr Goblin Squad Member|
The game needs a clean wipe to start well.
The biggest hurdle to getting gear is finding an organization. The beginning is going to be rough. Solo is always going to be rough, so beginning solo is going to be extremely rough.
I don't expect the AHs to see a ton of action until after the WoT, as most organizations are going to be crafting their own items, and/or trading bulk with other organizations. Until people need coin for upkeep type things, and coin has a stable market value, there is not a lot of incentive to put things up.
Backdating xp is proof that GW does not want to create a 'launch rush' pre-loading the AH will create a 'launch rush'.