Wouldn't this encourage people to buy from gold sellers?
"We try to give gold value while the best rewards unrelated to gold. A fantasy world with no gold economy would be odd."
So that got me to thinking, could a bartering option work as a substitute for gold? For example, let's say you wanted to sell Windwool Cloth, and the 'price' you wanted for it was, eh, Ghost Iron Ore (whatever). RTS wise, this would be like trading 'meat' for 'lumber', right? Now, perhaps this wouldn't work as a substitute for gold entirely, but do you think it could work as just an alternative currency option on the AH? Or perhaps a separate market system altogether?