It was the experience of the game that brought pleasure and joy, and that's what a lot of us want again. Not the numbers. When I play Classic I want to go through the deadmines with people I like and overcome a challenge together and see myself become stronger as a result. I don't want to play Classic so I can say "booyah! That number is exactly the same as it was 13 years ago!"
2. Your DH needs supplies on a regular basis. They can only carry so much food, clean drink, medical potions and whatever else they want/need at a time. It's pretty realistic that they would need to visit a market every so often, and large faction markets will have the most variety and types of items to choose from. (My DH has been a recluse in the wild for some time, and she is stinky, dirty and has eaten some questionable stuff. This isn't really ideal and a Dalaran doughnut would be pretty flippin nice.)