224: Middlemen

224: Middlemen

Oct 25, 2002
In this week's show, we celebrate the oft-beleaguered and misrepresented middleman. "Cut out the middleman! Death to the middleman!" the angry hordes cry. Not us. We say, "Hi, middleman. Here are three splendid acts to toast your subtle virtues."
  • You can't do a program about middlemen without a story about business. In this act, we hear from a man who made his living buying low and selling high...incredibly high, sometimes at mark-ups of up to 1,000 percent. In the 1990s, when Michael Jordan led the Bulls, "X" took to the streets of Chicago scalping tickets and making what he refers to nostalgically as "phat money." (20 minutes)Retail/CommerceSports

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