Would you find it acceptable to be grouped with a 30 THF wielding a level 1 dagger? What if he was eating food?
Um, nice try - but daggars & DEX/AGI gear are two entirely different things.
By your logic, you wouldn't party with my White Mage. After all, I don't have Dual Astrals (for shame!). Yup, I didn't spend nearly a million gil to get two rings that will lower my HP50 and raise my MP50.
No, silly me, I buy Pumpkin Pies. Even at 5K/stack, I don't think I've bought 20 stacks yet...I started smaller on Apple Pies, was on Mushrooms for a bit...
HOWEVER, that Pie gives me +40 MP. And I've gotten other, far less expensive +MP gear.
Seriously, try adding to the post. Look, if Leaping Boots & the Emperor Hairpin were something like +30 stat adders, you'd have a **** of an arguement on your hands.
As it stands now, ignorance of food stuffs and alternative gear is what keeps people paying a ridiculous amount for these items. Sheesh - you probably pay $30 bucks for an inferior T-Shirt because it says "Abercrombie & Fitch" on it.