This was the last straw .
Oh, look, another "last straw" moment.
Proof that you don't need to make one big mistake to destroy the fun in your game - you can do it through a lot of little ones, too. Death by 1,000 cuts.
Of course there's probably a big mistake or two behind the scenes somewhere. Like making an MBA who doesn't know or care two spits about gamers the over-boss of the game and assigning as lead the guy who's most famous for destroying another MMO, but still...
I'm starting to suspect the intent of this change was to stop people buying BiS gear off the GTN. They just went too far.
In other words, you're giving EA credit for thinking ahead and planning on this one? I think you're giving them way too much credit.