You would need to save for at least two seasons to afford even one in-game purchase.
Images of various armor sets for Diablo 4 Season 1, Season of the Malignant.

The first season of Diablo 4 has certainly encountered more than a few issues already. Released about a week ago, Season of the Malignant, first had a very controversial and nerf-filled update, which angered a lot of players. Now, fans are discovering that the premium Battle Pass track doesn't even give you enough premium currency, Platinum, to be able to afford even the cheapest item from the in-game store.

A post made to the Diablo 4 subreddit late last week pointed out that across the entire Battle Pass, you will only be able to earn 666 Platinum. The cheapest item in the in-game store is listed at 800 Platinum. This means that if you wanted to purchase just one item "for free" you would need to save up for about two seasons.

The thing is, the Premium track isn't free. You are already paying more to access the Premium track to begin with. Not only can you not purchase even the cheapest store item, but you also won't be able to purchase the Season 2 Premium Battle Pass either with the 666 Platinum offered in this season.

Several games now have what can arguably called "decent" Season Passes. Games such as Battlefield 2042, Apex Legends, Call of Duty, and Fortnite offer passes that, at the very least, give you enough premium currency to be able to afford the next season's pass without having to add spend more of your actual money. This is assuming each of these Diablo 4 seasons cost the same as this first one, that cost being 1,000 Platinum or $9.99 (USD).

Diablo 4 really made a strong impression at launch with the quality of the base game. Blizzard seems particularly keen on ruining that initial momentum with unnecessary nerfs and a Battle Pass system that many are flatly calling "greedy" at best.