XI purples are going for dirt cheap on the exchange because of the overflowing supply from Fleet actions. They are effectively near identical to the old Borg weapons because of the broken Borg proc. This is also causing blue MK XI consoles to drop in price.
Ultimately it's easier to get better weapons and consoles than ever before.
While levelling up with my current toon I got some pretty sweet gear from random drops, they lasted a while and outclassed most mission rewards.
And once I hit VA level I used the EC I gained selling all this loot for the weapons and consoles for my ship, and even weapons and personal shields for me and my Boffs. All bought on the exchange, and most of it rare quality.