heh wow lots of posts here,but yeah i run countless and countless numbers of pit/countess/andy runs.. one after another.. it's fun to me for some reason, even if i dont find anything, and i think its more fun to runeword your items out of your own runes that you find, most satisfying ever, haha
I have been poor a long, long time. Becoming rich is easy, although it took me several years to understand it. When I really decided to become wealthy, I was able to get several expensive items like Enigma and BotD in less than 2 months on Ladder.
The secret of my late success?
1° 2 sets of cd-keys and many Hellforge rushes (a small patch allows to play 2 chars with 1 PC, opening the road to self-rushing and safe self-muling).
If 2 cd-keys is not possible, Hell Meph, Pit, Baal and Cows are an alternative route, but a longer one
2° a meteorb sorc equipped asap with Tal Rasha (efficient, fast, and affordable)
3° getting to the point without loosing time (stop wandering around, stay focused on your main goal, limit trade offers to most sought-after items, carefully plan future acquisitions without wasting resources on useless items)
When excatly do you go from being not wealthy to being wealthy? Is it what runes you have? Certain equipment? How much equipment? What excatly? Just wondering.....
There are several stages of Wealth.
Stage 1: You can do hell Meph runs with a character while wearing lots of MF stuff
Stage 2: You came to the conclusion that Meph runs don't pay off anymore
Stage 3: You have at least 3 runewords containing HRs (Ohm or higher, except Sur)
Stage 4: You trade for HRs without actually needing them
Stage 5: You don't know how many HRs you have
I'm at stage 3
To become rich, try to reach stage 1. It needs just a few days with a dual element sorceress and a little diligence. Do nightmare Meph runs and collect gems in nightmare to buy basic stuff to beat him in hell mode.
I suggest to use a meteorb sorc with full Tal's, Lidless, Magefists, Wartravellers, two Nagelrings and Gheed's charm. That character can do Andy+Meph runs and (with a merc) visit Pindle, Eldritch and all L85 areas. On ladder Europe, you can get the equipment for an Ist rune or 100 pgems. It's worth less, but time is money, so if you have that much wealth, buy that equipment on the spot. During the saved time you will find stuff being worth more than you would have saved on resources. The next step will be obtaining fire skillers, so killing speed will improve. Don't start other characters until your MF sorc is complete.
Started ladder reset by making an MF Sorc, went to level 80 or so then Hell Meph runs. After a week I had several Storms, Harles and all the good stuff Meph Could drop. Then I made a Chain Lightning Sorc for Pit leveling. Found some nice "unmephable" items there... It's just about how much time you put into the game. You can't expect to be rich after 10 Meph runs. Try 400 a time like I did.