It is not our intent to make the Cartel Market the “way to play" the game—we want you to feel that both the Cartel Market and earning gear in game are viable options as far as value goes, neither being far more efficient or effective than the other.
Do people think this quote shows that the developers missed the entire point of the whole thread?
Can you imagine when Bioware said that free-to-play would not affect PVE end-game in any way that they would later be saying "Both the cartel market and earning gear in game are viable options"?
Many people have stated they will unsub if gear is pay-to-win, if you read what Bioware has written literally, they are saying "pay to win" is a viable option you can take instead of earning gear in game
If I didn't have so many friends and cool people I knew in this game, I'd be gone already.