I've watched a few streams and the new starter POIs have the same amount of loot as the longer ones from a17 that would take 20 minutes to clear. Now you kill 2 or 3 zombies and you have access to 5 boxes packed with loot. The boxes seem to have about 2-3x as much loot as a17.
Now instead of being excited that you finally found an iron axe on day 2 everyone is running around scrapping the 5 sledges they got from 1 POI.
As much as I don't want a18 delayed the vast over correction seems to have ruined things. Too much loot is almost worse than not enough in a survival game.
Junk turret also seems completely OP.