The Old Merchants Of New York City Volume 2

Paperback | January 17, 2013

byCoventry Kersey Dighton Patmore, Walter Barrett

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...bags, and then set a man sewing ar the bags. Some of our modern merchants would cal that a small business. It was not so. Mr. Coster exhibited the true mercantile spirit of the olden time. He could not bear to see anything wasted. Another trait of the old school merchants like the Coster Brothers, was that they were thorough-bred merchants, and attended to the details of their business. They understood every part. Nothing was beneath their notice. If goods were consigned to them from abroad, they examined their value, and sold them at the highest price in the markets, doing with them as if they were their own. When they made out an "account sales," they made the charges precisely what they paid, and did not seek to make money out of the "charges," as is now the case. The modern merchant, if tried by the severe standard of honesty of old school merchants like the Brothers Coster, would be deemed little better'than a swindler. A merchant abroad in these days sends a consignment to a merchant in New York. He does not examine the goods, but passes them for sale to a broker, who gets some sort of a price, but the consignee merchant knows nothing about it, and cares less. There is a regular commission to be charged, but the modern merchant is not satisfied with this. He has his tariff of charges, and they are charged regardless of the truth. Storage, labor, cartage, fire insurance, brokerage, guarantee commission, even if sold for cash, and the sale is made out as a time sale. How little do merchants abroad dream of the horrible imposition practised upon them. If they were wise they would get back to the old custom; and if they sent an invoice of valuable goods, or a cargo, to New York, would send a supercargo along with them, instead of...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...bags, and then set a man sewing ar the bags. Some of our modern merchants would cal that a small business. It w...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:104 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:January 17, 2013Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217792022

ISBN - 13:9780217792028

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