Definitely, I have gotten to the special boss area on the nevarious at least five times, fighting a variety of different bosses. I feel like if you're going to have special areas like that it should guarantee a drop. Not a single one of those and counters gave any good drop at all. How many times have I fought that's silver fox, and multiple times there was two back-to-back, and all he has dropped is the full set of non special gear. 10 minutes later you're in the shopping area and it was a guy wearing a full set good gosh is annoying.
I'd still rather have the secret areas than not, but just like the current ugq quest situation, it really starts killing your motivation when everyone else has an item and it just never drops.
The good thing about the uq's is that you can basically run them anytime you want, there was always teams in there battling for the life and dying over and over again LOL.