I dont actually quite get what you're QQing about, I mean this system is a lot better than some other MMO's and this is actually the first time I've ever seen anyone QQ about this system over the years I've been playing.
Myself, have never had to repair my equipment until I was at least level 66+ Before that, I only ever repaired it if I was attempting to fort it.
As others have said about a billion times, I've yet to see a player be an AP buyer just for repairing equipment, Yes these mallets might be expensive at a lower level until you're about level 60, which they then become inexpensive. I dont see why you need to repair it every time you go to a city.
You've been playing this game for about a week, yes? Well I'd put you at about level 25-40, So as a new player, I dont think you quite understand everything just yet. Level your first character up to above level 66 and then in my opinion it would be suitable for you to QQ about something like this.
Tanks are really the only people that actually do deserve a right to QQ about it but whats said is said and this is my two cents. I'm just telling it how I see it.