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    Hello! Is " (an) antique dealer" a fixed collocation? I found this example in Cambridge Dictionary. And "dealer" is in bold. Can I replace "dealer" with "merchant"? Or is it usual to say "an antique merchant"? Thanks!

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    Default Re: an antique dealer

    Hi thedaffodils

    The way I would explain the difference is that a "dealer" is essentially someone who buys from and sells to the same "audience".

    A merchant (as in a coal merchant) is a wholesaler is someone who buys in bulk from a supplier and sells them on to a [different] customer. Unlike a dealer, he would not (normally) sell the same type of goods back to his supplier.

    An Antique dealer fits into the first category.

    For further info see:
    AskOxford: dealer &
    AskOxford: merchant

    Hope this helps
    NT

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    Default Re: an antique dealer

    Hi Neillythere,

    Your explanation is very clear. I've understood. Thank you very much!

    Have a good one!

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