Since Solare specifically asked people not to go off topic in the other thread, I thought I'd paste this post here instead. The worst that can happen is that it falls into oblivion, eh? I would probably survive if it did. Anyway:
I can't help but think it would be neat if CB worked a bit like:
Except that instead of paying for new equipment tiers you'd need to break various milestones to unlock stuff. Because anyway, no special ability would make a base 2 weapon more desirable than a base 40 one. (Unless that special ability could augment in effectiveness as you upgrade the item...but even then, some things can't work that way or they'd be OP.) Forget daggers. They don't exist anymore. They can't be buffed. As long as NuBs keep making so much cash, they'll always be able to afford the best loot FAST, while disregarding the sucky, static stats of lower quality gear. If you wanted to prevent that (and bring back the thrill of moving through the loot ladder) you would have to force players through the various equipment "tiers"...somehow.
But not by buffing existing items.