The problem isn't necessarily the player's fault. Aside from the people who intentionally come in as dead weight with the mindset "they'll just carry me", the game is not entirely great at helping people gear up or even know what is expected of them. I'd wager the vast majority of people playing this game do not take part in discussions such as these, and judging by the behavior of some people complaining I don't really blame them. Some of you can be real dicks.
This game needs more than a minimum level for quest entry, but also a minimum gear level or stat.
I feel like the weapon badges need to drop a lot more often than they already do, and maybe even reward them to players as they achieve the class quest milestones so that by the time they reach level 70 or 75 they should be able to afford a Rising Weapon or two.
Armor kind of sucks trying to get (in the sense of it's just not exciting). I think the crappy NPC shops need to offer better gear that scales with your level (PSO1 used to do this to an extent).
The point is the problem is not entirely the player. The game itself doesn't really help. And the player market is a joke. You have people here complaining about Extreme/Ultimate players not having gear, while not really paying attention to the fact you can get to that point in the game in a matter of hours if you know what you are doing during the leveling process, meaning it is impossible to raise the amount of meseta you want people to spend in the amount of time it takes them to access the harder content.
Just think about it. You are a free player (as in you don't partake in AC Scratch), so your primary means of making money are your weeklies (the about 2mill per character), so that's 6 mill a week if you play 3 characters. You can't sell anything in the auction house if you are free, and even if you could by some of your logic they shouldn't be able to access the harder content to get the drops that would make them the money in the first place (or give them a weapon that is good), so they are stuck farming their weeklies every week. A weekly takes me about an hour to get out of the way per character, so that's like 3 hours of gameplay a week until you farm up the money to buy something good? That's going to take a few weeks, and this doesn't even factor in armor or affixing.
Then you have NGS coming fairly soon, with the knowledge that your character and cosmetics, not your level and gear, transfer. The incentive for most players is to get those hairstyles and weapons and makeup and such that will follow them to the new version of the game. So what meseta people do make is likely going towards that. They would rather find the good stuff via RNG and buy the cosmetics they want when they release (because those same cosmetics kind of are very expensive once the tickets go away) then spend all of their money on a Nemesis weapon that will probably not be too great soon (We are on a fast track to get to episode 6 and catch up in time for NGS, meaning until that all slows down it's kind of foolish to go hard on gear until everything levels out).
Maybe the community should help these people get geared instead of bitch about them.