i have the opposite problem, never enough companion gifts! i just want to max affection than worry about this crafting stuff.
Can i have your extra mats?
Seriously, though, this is annoying. It wasn't so bad when I was doing a lot of dailies to get my character geared via daily commendations. In those days I had plenty of cash, and I could buy the UT missions. I'd send Doc, who has the efficiency bonus, and get some nice returns.
Now I'm just doing missions and it's maybe 1 chance in 3 to find a grade 6 metals mission (!)