There are constantly freighters warping in and out of the starbase systems.
I think it would be fun and useful if they carried a small number of cheap commodities, sometimes rare commodities like gamma quadrant stuff, or are smugglers that allow you to confiscate contraband, or have a doff contact aboard for trade missions, or...
You get the idea.
Just random stuff with better chance for the more rare stuff at higher fleet levels or better prices at higher fleet level.
Gamma Quadrant Commodities and Contraband really shouldn't be so readily available without the risk that comes with the DOFF missions. Otherwise, it'll be an easy alternative, when it's piled by low costs. Contraband would be bought at prices easy to purchase, and Gamma Quadrant Commodities are even lower. Not to mention those are used in procuring Fleet Credits.
I see no reason why they couldn't behave in much the same way as any other NPC freighter does.
I think it would be great if they offered a random selection of commodities and consumables, at the normal price. It would make completing fleet projects a bit easier.
Don't think they need to be discounted because there are other ways available to get that.
I'd also love to see them make Trade CXP assignments available. The only good place for Trade assignments currently is near DS9. Another source of Trade assignments would be nice.
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