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  • it [slides]{滑行} across the floor, and they have a rug that’s a little bit [rumpled]{弄皱} up.

  • Ripple Rug: 见图片
  • It is basically the size of a [doormat]{门口气垫}.

  • they have [wadded]{揉成团} up the carpet

  • 39.99 a pop

  • Basically, people were [scalping]{倒卖} Ripple Rugs.

  • Buying them on Amazon and selling them on eBay at a [markup]{加成}.

  • a [wholesale]{批发} price.

  • I’ve sent [cease]{终止} and [desist]{停止} orders to every single one of them.

  • We’ve used it before - [arbitrage]{套利者}.

  • [drop shipping]{直接代发货}

  • It is easy to [resent]{对…感到愤恨} people who have found a way to make some easy money.

  • And that comes with a whole [boatload]{大量} of fees apparently.

  • a fee for [restocking]{补货}.

  • They don’t have [possession]{拥有} of any of those things.

  • They were working for private [contractors]{承包商}

  • You know, [groceries]{食品杂货} and household-type stuff and furniture.

  • They start out selling mostly toys and [novelty]{新奇} items.

  • we’ve got some tools in there that kind of [automate]{使自动化} everything

  • But to Fred and Natasha, the cat rug makers, these guys on the internet were just [scalpers]{黄牛}.

  • That [mentality]{心态} creates this opportunity for people.

  • We don’t want to look around on the internet, so the middlemen are saving us a couple of [keystrokes]{按键}.

  • It would [literally]{确确实实地} take 5 seconds.

  • it’s [simultaneously]{同时地} created all these opportunities for people to jump in and make things even easier but to take a little [slice]{部分} of the profit here and there.

  • That’s the [essence]{本质} of being a middleman.

  • I’m comparing the economic logic of selling [reductions]{折扣} and [transactions]{交易} cost.

  • It is [irresistible]{不可抗拒的} and [inevitable]{必然发生的}.

  • First thing in the morning, check for [arbitrageurs]{套利者}.

  • It was taking up an [inordinate]{超出合理限度的;过分的} amount of time, and it was super stressful.

  • Fred did something [drastic]{极端的}.

  • [Integrity]{正直} is important to us.

  • they [converted]{改装} their garage into a little packing facility.

  • They’ve gotten really good with those [envelopes]{包裹}.

  • All of that is true, but there is an emotional [component]{要素} to business.

KEY POINTS: Amazon, eBay, middleman, drop-shipper, arbitrage.