I've come to the conclusion that the economy on Shattered Hand is the most horrid blasphemy of an MMO economy that has ever existed or will exist in the future.
You can tell the marketplace is dominated by thousands of 60s and five times the number of twinks, because EVERYTHING is expensive as all hell. I haven't completely tested my "twinks are fucking up everything" theory, but here's an example for comparison's sake:
As a budding herbalist, at just enough skill to harvest briarthorn regularly, I was able to gather a stack of swiftthistle and sell it for fifteen gold. Easily. It was gone nearly as soon as I put it up. That sounds like it would be awesome at first, but every single other item on the AH is priced just as high, if not higher. It's no trouble for someone to buy expensive shit for their alt, but it sucks for those of us just starting out.
Compare that to the character I started last night on Dark Iron. I took a look on the AH there, and prices were far more rational. Stacks of swiftthorn were going on an average of three to four gold. Everything was far cheaper, far more...normal. :P I'm gonna hop on Shadowsong tonight to do another comparison, but so far I can only conclude that Shattered Hand's economy is on the verge of being broken for a new player.
So yeah, that's what I've been doing mainly: bitching about money to anyone who will listen. :P