There has been a trend away from crafting gear to just buying the BOE crafted gear. back in BC if you wanted the purples of a crafted profession you had to suck it up and make them yourself. Fast forward to Wrath and you can pick up ilevel 200+ crafted on the AH for 300 or more gold. So why craft any more when you can just buy? Well you get special bonuses and enchants you can't buy but if you gather you also get special bonuses too. Myself, on my Druid, have chosen to skin and mine, sell the gathered mats backs to crafters (So crafty), and buy their crafted gear.
Is crafting gear just too much work/gold now?