The Star Wars: The Old Republic site has been updated with a new post to lay out upcoming changes to the Cartel Reputation system when the Rise of the Hutt Cartel expansion goes live later this spring.
The Contraband Resale Corporation is also aware that a number of players were unable to acquire some highly sought-after items from the Cartel's first Shipment: Cartel Packs. The Corporation has "acquired" a number of these items for direct sale to their supporters for a small cost of Credits and a number of Cartel Market Certificates. The Corporation believes the Cartel's ability to supply Cartel Packs is soon ending - at least for a period of time- and will always ensure a selection of prized Cartel Pack items are available from their vendors.
Read more on the Star Wars: The Old Republic site.