You know what? I like getting gear for my companion through flashpoints. But I'm going to make sure no one else needs it, and am going to ask. And I won't sell it unless I made a mistake. I'm going to gear through flashpoints when possible, but not be a dick about it.
I agree completely.
Just because I can't personaly equip it on my toon doesnt mean that I will not use it. I use my compaionon and so I use his/her gear.
Its very easy to get credits in this game, just because someone wants a chance at a easy 2k credits is not enough reason for me to never roll on gear in a flashpoint for a compaionon that may not be present, just ask first.
If people in your pickup group object... then thats another matter.