Listen, why does anyone see it as a bad thing? For starters, the IBZ/ DiMarzio pickups are GOOD, and secondly, it helps to keep the costs down, meaning that the kind of people here who are enthusiasts will most likely change the pickups anyway. By changing the stock "cheap" pickups to whatever you want (and we all want different things) it's no major thing. What Ibanez lacks in high-end pickups, they make up for in cost. Simple.
What would you rather do; have Ibanez put something like PAF Pro or Tone Zone's in there, then feel like you're wasting your money by changing them out, or live with them and not get truly what you want, or swap the stock *very usable* IBZ's with something better when you can afford to?
I entirely disagree. Your point would make sense IF the higher end models were cheaper than they were with the real DiMarzios.
However, the simple fact is that all the higher end models come with DiMarzio/ Ibanez pickups AND are more expensive. The RGT320Q goes for about $1,900; the RGA321 goes for about $1,500, etc. Only a couple of years ago, the RG3120 came with a Tone Zone and a PAF pro (later was switched to two PAF's) and was sold for the same price.
I'd rather buy a new Ibanez that came with two awesome pickups (like Tone Zone and PAF) rather than pay the same amount (or MORE!) and pay for AVERAGE pickups, like the DiMarzio/ Ibanez pickups and have to switch them out.
As it is, I paid $1,500 for my RGA321FSPB and another $100 or so for a Tone Zone w/ installation, and if I bought a RGT320Q, I'd have to do the same thing.
They've cheaped out. It's obvious.