Well, I'm with Ragnarod, I'll just wait for ladder season to end and then trade for the ladder items. I just have too much time invested in non-ladder already and little time to start over again. Maybe it's the same with him.
I don't think any of what you are saying applies to Ragnarod in any way, the last I heard, his first character on ladder, a hammerdin, was level 85+ on Euro Ladder. Given who he is, and the fact (I'm pretty sure) that he started very early, I don't think he's having any problems with items either.
Well, first of all, this could have been a PM if it was only a question for me, you know
When 1.10 had just been released, I started playing ladder, as everyone else. I started with a hammerdin, and all was going quite well, in three weeks I was lvl 90, ~2xx in the overall ladder, and with a fairly good equipment, taking into account my hammerdin was made for mf (HotO, Shako, Mara, Arachnid, Trang's gloves, HoZ, Raven, Nagel, Skullders, Wartravs). Heck, I even had beat the Diablo Clone, and got a 18/14/6 Annihilus, it was quite good
I had traded for some pieces of my gear (HoZ and Mara), but most of it I had found myself. The last thing I traded for him was the Mara, +25 all res, that completed the gear I had intended him to wear. Not a day after trading the Mara, I joined a public game, and it disappeared. It seems it had been duped already, and not even a month had passed from the start of the ladder
I lost the little bit of hope I had left for bnet, I decided I didn't care about the ladder and finding new items any longer, and went back to non-ladder, to make one last pvp char, a V/T. Now that he is finished, I've got nothing left to do, and in fact I haven't played d2 for two-three weeks. I've given most of my items away, including all of my ladder items, and I just keep a few paladins equipped just in case I ever feel like playing again
PS: the only thing the ladder was good for is making an upgraded HoZ that my V/T will be using when the ladder season ends, better than nothing