Warped arrows can last you through to rank 50, really. Just like wooden arrows were able to last you to 75 in XI. Of course, you aren't reaching your damage potential, but it's not like your damage will be horrible compared to using a rank 1 bow all the way to max rank/level.
Another thing is, in this game people don't really care about how much damage you do, unlike in XI. In XI, the battle speed was slower, and therefore your chatlog scrolled slower. Your damage was obvious to everyone. You could easily see how much damage everyone in your party was doing, and everyone could see how much damage you were doing, making you self-concious about being gimped or not. Not only that, but it was fairly common for certain rangers in XI to be known as "that gimp rng" because of this. It affected your chances of getting a party to a certain degree. In XIV, the battle speed is much faster, and you often are in large parties (behests), making your chatlog scroll extremely fast. It's way more difficult for you to see how much damage everyone is doing, and for them to see how much damage you're doing. Chances are nobody realizes whether you're doing good damage or not.
So, it is "easier" in this game to "get by" using gimped arrows because you will hardly ever be criticized by others. But the fact remains that you are still gimping yourself.
Admittedly, I myself am not using the best arrows I should be using. I'm rank 41 but still using obsidians. A big part of this is because my friend and I make our own arrows, and we're not high enough rank on our DoH to make arrows appropriate for our Arc rank.
Edited, Jan 24th 2011 5:31am by Threx