- You also don't need to return to Starbase to unload inventory. Just press I to open your inventory, click on the Replicator button, and sell your unwanted goods. (Caveat - You will receive a lesser price for selling items this way.)
- There are ships wandering each sector that will act as merchants for certain goods. Just move close and hit F to open their vendor screens. Cargo ships have commodities available (pricing varies) and are good for this Aid Planet missions in the Exploration Clusters. Ferengi ships carry different weapons than you can find in other places.
Using Replicator or Traveling merchants gives you fewer energy credits than if you visit a Federation vendor on a space station. I believe the 'black market' Ferengi also gives a lower credit return as well.