I wore a 219 shield for 3 months (no one on Shandris could/would do ToC for something a tad better). I even made a complaint thread on the WoW forums about it (and the 50+k views must have been a popular point), because that was a tad crazy.
Like I told the dev there, just because a player had to wait longer, doesn't mean it's right.
There's some reasonable expectations in gaming of time+effort=reward. Point blank.