With the signing of SSA.2436, industry stepped up to meet demand and provide affordable and dependable equipment and vehicles. Even the simplest of tools needed to be able to withstand the rigors of space travel. At least, on the surface. Like many times before, pioneers had come from every corner of the civilized world to risk everything for a new life—and duplicitous and dubious entrepreneurs crawled out of the woodwork to make a buck in the name of “commercial enterprise”. Like any open market, more than a few irregular samples or poor products made their way into the hands of consumers.
Most mercantiles, however, are in the business of making money, which means keeping customers happy. As a result, settlers find a wide array of shopping choices from specialized/customized manufacturers, to big box retailers, to capable craftspersons of every discipline. Philo T. Faustbinder, CEO and Founder of the Amalgamated Consumer Mercantile Exchange Company has a saying about his company's customers around the galaxy:
"Nothing is impossible, so long as you have good credit and a verifiable shipping address."
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