When Free to Play came. I assumed it would be cosmetic items like in Guild Wars 2 which virtually had no impact on stats. I discovered after logging in they're selling a new gear set, purple stats mind you for 1200 credits in game. This comes with a full body suit of all purples and level you can start wearing it is one. Also the Mystery Boxes contain some gear. I'll publish a video before Free to Play went live of "Revans Cowel" BEFORE they yanked that item from it's Cartel Shop.
I suppose with the companion bug yesterday. It left me rubbing my head wondering how that took place and now magically a new set of gear appears in the "Newly Added" section. The point of all this. If we obtain an unfair advantage buying gear from someone who has unlimited credits. What fair is that if we cross them on a PVP world and them buying coins gives them an advantage.
It's not just with gear. It's weapon too. Last note. The prices are extremely high on cartel market. 40 dollars gets you 5400 Cartel Coins. One Item of gear runs about 1200. That's about 10 dollars for every "set" or some where around there.