How about my Warlock? I only made the character within the last few months, and when I got green fire I decided to go with the green Ruthless Gladiator set - how did I get that? By running BGs that I was going to do anyway and getting Honor that I couldn't spend on anything (unless I converted it or bought Motes of Harmony).
The only thing I would possibly qualify as "earning" is the fucking Bloodhoof Legguards for my DK, which still haven't dropped, despite a monumental number of runs that in the end developed RNG fatigue and a lack of desire to play the character any longer. THAT'S what "earning" gets you.