im guessing the player base would have been more accepting in SWG if the structure/vehicles would have been made to be crafted by players. it off set the economy, drove down prices of past rare items (mostly pre nge). and the money they are making from Swg players on the tcg is going to fund other games other than the title its being sold under.
Personally I liked the game card lottery and card game.. I played it from time to time..
as long as the loot isn't overpowered and game breaking, i see no issue.. unique items only available via certain routes encourage people to play those aspects of the game.. like tribble breeding for example.. why would i breed them if i could just buy the better ones from a vendor?