I just hit 50, and to be honest, I'm kind of a moron when it comes to gear. I joined a group the other day (a rarity for me), and the other mercs were more or less pissed off that I was allowed to stay in the group (party leader is easy going, and chastised them for being snobs).
My first question is this: if I get decked out in the high end PvP gear, will that suffice?
If not, what is the best way of putting together a decent PvE set? Do people put up the decent stuff from high level flashpoints and such on the gtm? Are they generally reasonable about the price? Do I have to rely on charity and peoples' patience and just get some flashpoints done? Crafting mission lock boxes, should I even bother?