I love this thread!
It is clear from what has been said that anyone who subscribes to the game, even if they don't buy anything from the cartel shop, is paying to win. All of the subscriber benefits are unnecessary to get to level 50, therefore they are all convenience items to circumvent various challenges of the "real" game (the F2P game) such as limited hotbars, not being able to equip artifact level gear (a terrible crutch for those who can't play the game anyway), etc.
So, everyone who is bemoaning free to play but is a subscriber is a hypocrit.
Wrong. The game started off as a subscriber. You cannot retcon what the "real" game is now that they offered a more limited game in the version of F2P.
That is so bad. That's like saying we were getting a discount on gas back in the 90's because it was $1/gallon, but now we're paying $4/gallon so you're retconning and saying the "real" price is $4/gallon.