Well with a few exceptions. For 1-44 this might be true, but 45+ its AF gear, Darklight gear, Relic gear. Nothing crafted compares to these 3 sets so high end crafters get the shaft until they start adding higher ilevel gear for crafters.
iLvl 55 Militia gear HQ = AF stat, with Safe Materia Slot for extra stat.
iLvl 70 Armour HQ = Dark Light stat, with Safe Materia Slot for extra stat.
iLvl 70 Weapon HQ = Garuda/Mog/Titan stat, with 3 Materia Safe Slot. My HQ Obelisk 5 meld beat Garuda by a huge margin, +6 Crit Rate +19 Determination on top of the same other stats. + Determination stat always work better than + STR stat for the same reason as + Parry better than + DEX. Pretty easy to compare this as my LB1 OHKO the Wasp at Demon wall, whereas similar DRG with Full DL like me but with Mog Fork still leave the Wasp with 1-3 Weapon Skill left to kill.
Can't remember the exact number but my Final Heaven at Dhorme Chimera was around 14,500.
For DPS purpose, each piece of crafted accessories can get 6-10 Determination and 8-12 Crit Rate for a total of 30-50 Determination and 40-60 Crit Rate (5 accessories slots). Edited, Sep 10th 2013 7:08pm by Khornette