What I'm still confused about is that Mr. Schubert seems to be addressing the problem as if the two "paths" to obtain the gear are unbalanced, when really one shouldn't exist at all.
Say what you will about the importance of the space mini-game, but at the end of the day the grade 7 ship parts have STATS: numbers the dictate the effectiveness of the piece. When you are paying real world money for stat-ed parts, you are paying to win the game. In my opinion the same thing goes for the color crystals.
Don't even get me started on the fact that after being purchased, these ship parts can be sold on the GTN, creating a THIRD, easier path to obtaining them.