I just started my first toon in over a year and decided to play the entire game on Elite. I'm not doing too bad, but aren't you supposed to get better gear playing on Elite? I'm know it's random and maybe it's because my toon is only Lt. Comm and I haven't got that far into the game, but about 90% of the drops I've been getting is food and lock boxes.
I'm not expecting purple gear, but it seems like I'm not getting really anything. The drop rate itself doesn't even seem to be any higher.