well if you're poor like me, and decided to switch gear (not gonna), you'd still be trying to +12 the 105 by the time 200 is out. still can't get my astera very high, but my alts have a few +14 dullas and 1 +15 lugh. mostly because the steel requirement is much cheaper. still expensive, but relatively cheap. then i get bogged down gearing up new characters. i didn't have to, but i ended up liking belle and eira. and soon, there'll be another new character. and i'm told 105 will require a new rune. i can't afford nx and the latest events have not given many runes, and i doubt the seal shop will have them right away. in short, it's just not feasible to invest in a new set i can make half-assed at best. at least with old gear i can nickle and dime it to perfection at my own speed. investing in new gear right now would sideline me with 2 sets of crap. i'll wait til 110/115 before i throw down on 105/110.
slider bars. no ones making you have a busty character. and its not just a money scheme. eira had been destined for several years now. she was overdue. next character might be kiva or cradie, or one after the other. they might even be the last characters. idk if the game will make it content after s4.