Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic anticipation thread.
As far as i know you get 'Preferred' status if you buy something from the cartel market, but that does not automatically unlock the artifact quality. You only get more slots and quickbars, I think. Of course, if the thing you buy of the cartel market is the artifact quality unlock you get that + the preferred bonus.
You only really need it at Lvl 50 though, its nice to have purple stuff <50 but its not necessary for the content available.
"It's called work? See, what happens is that you suffer doing annoying and humiliating things until you get paid not enough money." -Harry Dresden, Blood Rites