I want to see some stats on these ppl who are clearing hardmodes, because frankly on my server nobody is clearing anything.. and don't see how you can unless you actually do go buy all that pvp gear, which is complete bs.
We cleared BT, Foundry (except Revan with his bugged force lightning 1-shotting everyone. Was easy enough before that), Boarding Party (bugged to crap no loot from any of the chests) and Directive 7 today.
Didn't have time to try the 2 on Ilum, will give them a go tomorrow.
Either way, neither of us ran more than the gear we aquired while leveling, but then we ran all flashpoints and bought all commendation gear on the way.