It’s an issue for everyone, but much more so for Hardcore, since you know you’ll need spare/duplicate gear (sooner or later) in a way that non-mortal characters never will. Except even for softcore, Seasons create duplicates of everything, and decisions must be made.
Talking to players about this lately, a few who play only Seasonal have advocated the boldest approach; DELETE ALL THE THINGS!!1!
It certainly removes any time spent on sorting or merging or arranging, eh? I can’t fault that logic, but I can fault the lack of nostalgia or hoarding. Also, while most of us play (more or less) the same classes/builds each season, there’s not 100% overlap. Maybe you made a nice Wizard this season but you’re going to main a Barb next time… what happens in May when you get Wizard nostalgia, but don’t want to spend hours grinding to regear? Also, since Item Sets get retroactively buffed, you might want to have a full set of Vyr’s or Invokers or Helltooth sitting in your account when the next PTR goes up with buffs that make those sets very testable. Or what if you change jobs or fall into a new relationship or otherwise get a real life, and don’t have time next season to grind all that gear/build? (I know; it’s a horrible thought.)
So, how are you guys preparing for the imminent merging? Tossing out Era junk and/or paring down your Seasonal holdings? Planning to delete all S2 stuff and look to S3? Sticking your fingers in your ears and going “LALALALALA can’t hear you.”
Some relevant reminders for End of Season Inventory Management:
Click through for a useful video tutorial Blizzard created to explain the end of season merging.