Skilcapes were a disaster for gameplay in Runescape.
Thats your excuse for anything skill related.
I think even though you wont get as much if you sell the second Items from a gathering based skill like woodcutting, you still get rewarded with EXP and can use that high level to make more money back. Thats why I've been farming for my Herblore...only problem is I keep forgetting to go and harvest my herbs 80% of the time
PS: on a side note, I thought you were talking about XP Operating System, then I looked at the top f the boards saying rants and had a facepalm moment.
That is the reason for everything skill related. The incentive for making food or potions or anything else is no longer to sell it for a profit, but to get a pixel cape. That is extremely bizarre.
Seriously guys, I agree with TheDayRsDied. I mean, look at what we were doing with skilling before skillcapes: Curing diabetes with herblore, ending world hunger with fishing and cooking, tearing down the rainforest with woodcutting, building homeless shelters with construction, hunting dangerous beasts with hunter and slayer, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor with theiving, and making kickass parkour videos with agility.
Now Runescape isn't doing those great things irl. We just want skill capes. If you guys can't see how skillcapes ruined the point of the game, you're alfjsl;jg;lhfowuirodjkl;jglhgagf-urk...I think I'm having a stroke.