I was about 37 when I managed to get 100 gold together. Someone let me on the fact that I should make another character, park it in stormwind and use mail crap to it to put on the auction house.
Of course after a while I had to move to IF because the ahs were not linked. Then I had to move back after a while because they became linked and IF lagged way to much.
Spell ranks did suck though. I remember having to pick and choose what spells I wanted for quite a long time.