Reducing the raid size will actually work, but those who deny it are probably raid babies themselves. Its a very clear indication of how the moors has went and is going, these raids dont create the best action, they ball everyone up in one area. Zerging is the only way many rank up, thus inturn they become more powerful and have more morale, this in turn will prevent many new players from even setting foot in pvp, more so on creep currently.
As for the weapons, imho its not meant to be cheap, its meant to be a progressive thing, where you become more powerful over time. We are spoon fed these days and now we have it all, its hard to give up.