Ok, I'm gonna take this back to my main point, which I don't think you've really addressed yet. Let's take this step by step. Could Qui-Gon have mind-tricked another person on Tatooine to accept Republic Credits to buy something of value? If NO-> argument over: agree to disagree If YES -> next step. Now Qui-Gon has goods of value. Could he have sold them for local currency or traded them directly for the hyper-drive? If NO-> argument over: agree to disagree if YES -> agreement over: WE AGREE!!!! That was all I was trying to stay. Sorry to get caught up in all those other details. I'm not a TPM hater. It's actually the only prequel episode I like to watch. It's because I've watched it so much that I've noticed all these weird decisions that were made to further the plot.