I'm always looking for better gear--have you guys played Grim Dawn? Talk about daunting item selection...;) I spend a lot of time in GD just looking at and comparing what I find. However, in D: OS 2, I find that once you hit a certain level for a particular item type--"crossbow", for instance--the need or desire to pick up a more powerful crossbow is always there--but it becomes far less demanding than in the early game. The upper level stuff is just that good. It seems to me that the higher level my items, the simpler the decisions made to keep, discard, or sell become. At this point, character development plus "powerful enough" items become much more important.
If you played this game repeatedly, why would you want to know what's in the chest or crate at a given location? And, if you played, say, a year apart, would you even remember where the stuff was in your previous playthrough? I sense frustration in this thread, but I'm not entirely sure what's it's about....;)
I think that BG3 will be a massive departure for Larian from D: OS 1/2--let's all pray they'll finally be able to do a day-night cycle they can live with!