Then it's not FREE is it?
well by that logic all the FTP MMOs arent free to play either because you have to buy stuff on there market as well if you want to be competitive or have the cool looking stuff. B^P
by buying the stuff on the cartel shop you then never have to spend a dime on the game if you dont want to so it then becomes free. you don't need to have all the extra boxes or xp boosts or unlock the races or buy extra dungeon passes, but if you do you can just buy them on the cartel market