You don't need those statues to level or to learn the new skills. They are OPTIONAL. They are a convenience, yes, but they are not required. Every planet has a skill trainer, unless I am mistaken. At most, a trip to the skill trainer is all that is needed.
If you do not want to pay the cost to obtain one of them, and then unlock in the collections, then no one is forcing you to buy one. If, on the other hand, you want the convenience afforded by them, then you will have to pay the going rates for them.
BW is under no obligation to make those statues or anything else "easily available".
I absolutely agree. I merely stated that to me the value of all of these optional items is nowhere near being equal to the trouble or expense involved in getting them. It confuses me to no end that the CM can generate such great revenue when there is so little on it that I place any significant value on. I'm obviously a minority.