I'm kinda curious as to why everybody seems to want to sell things for stars instead of Chips.
Possibly because of a lack of chips in the world. At 300k per star, a 40 star item would cost 12,000,000 chips. Few players have that kind of liquid capital, and... well... what would I do with 12 million in chips? Buy stars.
Based on the Classifieds thread, it seems like there are lots and lots of the IotMs that nobody is interesting in buying out there, and not so many of the ones people actually want.
Eh. Supply and demand? I mean, with the skullcap, it was exceptionally unpopular when it first came out and its value wasn't realized until retcon hit, so there just aren't a lot bouncing around.