you might not realize it....but there is craftable stuff from 1-48. not just 49-50.
also my Armormech makes about 150k a day just selling rk-6 Augment Kits.
your crew skill is not dead.
Your absolutely right but nobody seems to care. They got a reason to ***** and they are gonna. Crazy thing is this is my most profitable crew skill raking in 300 to 500 k a day for me with very little work 20 minutes tops. What's even crazier is I am able to sell most of the mats I gather and am still able to make a huge profit buying the mats I need off of the Gtn to make my bread and butter items.