The prices for items on the cartel market is just way too high. Do you really expect people to pay ten to fifteen dollars for an armor set or color crystals? These prices need to be somewhat reduced. The cartel conversion from cash to cc is fine, but lower the price of actual armor sets and crystals a bit.
I fully expect people to do so. In fact I know I will myself.
This is the price of vanity in a game. I'm vain and I have disposable income.
Believe me, a lot of the people that are upset about this will be purchasing the items themselves... and no one will know but Bioware and them. Anonymity allows them to be able to continue the crusade without being publicly compromised on their position.