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    Short and long distance trades

    Hi!

    Could someone please explain, what "short distance trade"
    and "long distance trade" mean? The terms probably aren't in use
    any more, since I could not find definitions anywhere.
    Do they simply mean trading more or less local and overseas products?
    Or is short distance trade like retail trade?
    I'm completely in the dark about this...

    Kind regards & thanks in advance!

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    Re: Short and long distance trades

    Without any context, I would assume it referred to geography. Buying eggs from the farmer down the road is short distance trade. Buying a Toyota from Japan is long distance.

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    Re: Short and long distance trades

    Quote Originally Posted by Pepita View Post
    Hi!

    Could someone please explain, what "short distance trade"
    and "long distance trade" mean? The terms probably aren't in use
    any more, since I could not find definitions anywhere.
    Do they simply mean trading more or less local and overseas products?
    Or is short distance trade like retail trade?
    I'm completely in the dark about this...

    Kind regards & thanks in advance!

    It's a relative term. Short distance means exactly what it says. But it can be within the same community, or to the neighbouring village, or within a region... So, trade from France to England can be short distance trade.

    Long distance is for longer distances, strangely enough.

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    Re: Short and long distance trades

    Thank you SoothingDave!

    I suspected the same - local and overseas trade -
    but was far from sure about that.
    The context is following:
    "About 200 years ago there were many merchants in New York
    making their money off of trades, short distance, long distance trades."

    I was wandering if short distance trade meant something in particular
    apart from geography. I guess not then

    Thank you for your answer and all the best!

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    Re: Short and long distance trades

    Thank you freezeframe!

    Yes, short and long are relative concepts.
    Thanks to you and SoothingDave I now quite believe there is nothing more to
    short and long distance trades than endeed the distance over which the trading
    is happening :o)

    Many thanks & all the best to you too!

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