You've got the most accessible source of raid-worthy offhands WITH augment slots for Inquisitors and Consulars, half the Bounty Hunters and all Troopers, Juggernauts and Guardians. Basically, 9 out of 16 Advanced Classes. And you're ditching it?
Even if I bought all the mats on the GTN I could make a profit out of those. But, with just a small investment and some smart arrangements in guild, Artificing can make you a crucial member for your guild to gear up the fresh 50's.
The best part of Artificing isn't the lightsabers or the modifications. It's the often forgotten off-hands.
apart from the only off hands that people want are for shadow tanks and they don't exist yet due to a known bug