To everyone who said "the crafted gear is too expensive", do you want it to be cheap? Do you want the second best gear in the game (only second to ilvl 90 gear) to be easily accessible to newcommers? It's like you expect to buy the game, lvl to 50 and be top geared without effort at all. I'm not trying to say "you're noobs go lrn2play", I'm just saying if EVERYTHING was easy and took no time at all, we would all quit the game in a month out of boredom.
How about some crafted gear that isn't quite so strong and also isn't so **** expensive?
Crafters need to be able to make more high(ish) level gear if we're to remain relevant.
It's called one star gear. The militia gear which is I lvl 55 can be melded with materia for very good results. I made the entire astral set for my blm and I now currently have 4800 HP. While my main stat isn't ilvl90, my remaining stats are. By putting 5 melds on the ilvl70 accessories, I gained a great boost in crit/det (320)/spell speed reaching 500+, while my main stat is stuck at 470.
Seeing as ilvl55 is a lower i lvl, you would probably want to put lower teir materia on it (III). You would still have stats comprable to ilvl 70, but your main stat would be lower (Depending on your weapon). There are options for everyone, however what you just asked for already exists in the game. Even though you say you want "not so strong" gear, I don't believe you because that "high-ish" gear already exists in the form of 1 star crafts. It's quit easy to get AK gear/WP gear/Darklight Gear. But the stats on those are a bit all over the place, and doesn't optimize our jobs for the best results. It simply gives you a bit of everything, not specializing in the stats that really make you shine.
I hope people realize how much the "I want it now" mindset is driving these comments. Since the game started I had my eye on those crafted pieces, because I knew how much potential they had with materia, it wasn't only recently I was able to craft them (2 weeks ago). The Philosophy items are now running for 35k each, and seeing as having all crafts 50 makes HQ guaranteed, you're looking at spending 315k-945k for items that cost 1-3 of the phil items respectively.
I know the concept of "work with what you've got" is lost on many people. If you have a gear set goal in mind, then you should work towards it, and not wait on the developers to make it easy for you to do so. I don't understand these craft-centric posts. You want things to be cheaper, but you want to make ALL the big gilz while crafting. Which is it? Set a singular goal and aim for it.