Have to do the same thing is most other MMO's... was a requirement for most skills in FFXI as well... this isn't a valid complaint.
Actually, this is a very valid complaint and it's these type blind-devotion responses that are driving a lot of people away from even trying to give constructive criticism.
Many MMOs require some extent of craft trade to make items, this is very much true. However, those MMOs also have Auction Houses which make it much easier / faster to locate the items you need, as opposed to endlessly running around checking bazaars in a horrendously laggy UI. Additionally, FFXIV's profession-linking is really a full circle. To use WoW as an example (which everyone hates), professions were typically designed so a specific pairing of two professions would allow you to be self-sufficient. This is reasonable. FFXIV took it one (or six) steps too far. You would almost have to do every single profession to be self sufficient. If someone wants to make a pair of cotton trousers, you will need weaving, leather working, alchemy, mining, and armoring. All for a pair of freaking cotton trousers which are not at all exciting. When most games ask you to bridge multiple professions, it's to make an exciting item. FFXIV chores you with this process for mundane items.
A couple days ago, a friend decided to reroll his character as his point allotment wouldn't reset and he wanted to change from melee to caster focus. I told him I'd make him a hempen cowl to get started, but I needed to make everything from scratch, including the hempen yarn. It took over half an hour just to create the necessary hempen yard, hempen cloth, cowl parts, et cetera to make the final item. The thought of leveling every profession at this snail pace is not at all fun (and that's what we play games for). The thought of running around checking 50 bazaars in a laggy UI to find the items I need is also not fun. When someone pays $50-75 for a game and finds nothing in it to be fun, for them that is a very valid complaint and one they have a right to voice. Edited, Oct 5th 2010 2:43pm by jsteimel