Want to know how to take advantage of the credits-based pay-to-win? Clear the new content when it comes out, acquire gear, reverse engineer all of it, then post the newly learned gear to the GTN for crazy amounts of credits.
The other advantage is buy mods and armor to replace the stuff that cannot be used. Got the belt the other night, couldn't use it until I replace both the armoring and the mod...Hell the bh had better stats. Thank the maker (bioware) for allowing crafting of gear or I would be running around with dreadguard gear in my inventory.
I do find it silly that you can RE stuff made by another crafter. However, I have no problem buying from crafters in my guild and other raiders. Especially since I got the gear, but it is just unusable with it current stats.