that's not even close to some of my "business dealings" when i was a scout in 6th or 7th grade.
we were hiking up mount washington in n.h. on one summer trip and just after we had learned the laws of supply and demand at the end of the school year, i put my new found knowledge to work.
my mom always over packed my first aid kit whenever i went camping (i coulda performed minor surgery with it). so halfway up the mountain, many of the boys started to get nasty blisters on their feet from their shiny new hiking boots.
realizing i had several packs of moleskin (enough to re-make a dozen moles), first aid salve, and my feet were fine, i quietly sold the stuff out of my tent at night to those with weary feet. the stuff works so good to cover blisters i was certainly learning the demand aspect.
i think i was selling it for like a dollar per square inch, or at least 2 king sized candy bars. salve was extra.
it worked like a charm for a few days until the scoutmasters found out and made me give the money back. well, how much money that i told them i had.
when the assistant scoutmaster (a high school student and eagle scout) came to collect the money, i noticed his labored gait as he approached me from the other side of the campsite.
he had blisters!!! needing the moleskin badly for himself, i cut him in on my business. he got free moleskin and a tube of salve, 1/2 of the candy, and 40% of the money.
it was really about 20% after skimming. i thought i invented thst, but little did i know i was just fulfilling a joisey tradition.
that was a great trip and i learned a lot. supply, demand, how to tip someone to go fill your canteen from a half mile away, and so on.
interestingly enough, that eagle scout grew up to become a congressman from the great state of massachusetts.
i gues i taught him how to "play ball".
and everyone thought i was going to grow up to be a lawyer, but that didn't happen.
i have some
decency in me. gimme a break.