My question is the obvious...Why even let them catch up? Isn't one of the selling points of the CE to be able to start early? By allowing the regular editions to 'catch up', you are negating one of the key perks of Collector's Edition.
I have to agree to some extent. To me I think that the Goggles make a great pre-order perk and if they only work to level 10 then so be it. Personally I don't think that the Onion Helm should be a pre-order perk but part of the CE package, and should also get the Goggles for pre-order as well.
Now I didn't pre-order CE or SE, but I am waiting for PS3 release. I hope that PS3 release also has a CE as well. It probably won't give that same early start, but I'd like to get the Onion Helm because of how much I actually like the Onion Knight. And getting PC-CE for a computer I don't have is a little much.
Asyrian - 90 Drg/Mnk
Reisaki - 90 Blu/Dnc/Pup/Rdm
Majoga - 90 Pld/Nin
Belisi - 90 Sch/Cor/Whm