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    #1

    profiteer / fleecer or ?

    Hi,

    I'm looking for the best and most common word for "a shopkeeper / salesperson who sells everything at high and unfair prices".
    profiteer / fleecer or ?

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    Re: profiteer / fleecer or ?

    Quote Originally Posted by English Freak View Post
    Hi,

    I'm looking for the best and most common word for "a shopkeeper / salesperson who sells everything at high and unfair prices".
    profiteer / fleecer or ?
    AmE: Scalper.

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    Re: profiteer / fleecer or ?

    Thanks, but isn't it only used to describe a person who makes money by buying tickets and reselling them at a very high price?
    Is it ok to say "The grocer in our neighborhood is a real scalper"? I want to associate that word with such a situation.

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    Re: profiteer / fleecer or ?

    Quote Originally Posted by English Freak View Post
    Thanks, but isn't it only used to describe a person who makes money by buying tickets and reselling them at a very high price?
    Is it ok to say "The grocer in our neighborhood is a real scalper"? I want to associate that word with such a situation.
    You are correct that the term is typically used in reference to selling/reselling tickets, but not unusual to describe anyone who overcharges for a product or service.

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    Re: profiteer / fleecer or ?

    I've never heard of the term scalper. I'd just say that the shop is a rip off.

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    #6

    Re: profiteer / fleecer or ?

    Or

    'Count your change when you leave that shop, they're a bunch of spivs.' (Br Eng, and maybe a bit old-fashioned - I think the original 'spivs' were black-marketeers during wartime rationing.)

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    #7

    Re: profiteer / fleecer or ?

    Quote Originally Posted by English Freak View Post
    Thanks, but isn't it only used to describe a person who makes money by buying tickets and reselling them at a very high price?
    In BrE, you can use (ticket) tout for this.
    Quote Originally Posted by English Freak View Post
    Is it ok to say "The grocer in our neighborhood is a real scalper"? I want to associate that word with such a situation.
    It sounds more natural to me to talk, like I'm With Stupid, of a shop being a rip-off, but you could say that the grocer is a rip-off merchant.

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