If you want something big, you queue up at an industrial replicator. (Source: an assertion in another SFF answer.)

The implication is that if you want a large material good — yacht? starship? large building? — then you can get it for free, with the only cost being time (that is, the time spent standing in line at an industrial replicator).

Is there canon support for this? If no, what is canon evidence for how an average Earthling (in Picard's time) would be able to satisfy a random craving for a large complicated material object/construction?


In "Explorers" of DS9, Sisko built a replica of a Bajoran lightship (i.e. a solar-sail-powered spaceship, complete with artificial gravity) in his spare time as a hobby.

This seems to suggest that large objects — at least the parts needed to build a spaceship in a few weeks — could be very affordably procured.

This was on a space station, not Earth, but I don't see why it should be different.

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    Well, he was also the commander of the station... – Izkata Mar 3 '15 at 3:38
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    Yes, and we know that he basically had unlimited access to an industrial replicator – Valorum Mar 3 '15 at 10:49
  • Sorry, the question very specifically stated "an average Earthling". Sisko is anything but. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Mar 3 '15 at 13:57
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    There aren't a lot of average Earthlings in the show. :/ Still, Sisko was acting as a private citizen in that episode, and there is no evidence that he was, say, corruptly channelling resources into his hobbies. – Fhnuzoag Mar 3 '15 at 15:22

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