does somebody know how it works with the money in the startrek universe? i am sitting in front of the tv and i am watching the tng pilot "encounter at farpoint" (i think it's called so in english). dr crusher "buys" a piece of woven fabric and said to the merchant "send the bill to....". but according to cpt kirk in startrek IV there is no money at all... ok this crusher-buy is with an other culture. but how can a society works without any form of money? anybody knows how the authors explain that?? i look forward for comments!