Wu Ting
How would you interpret the phrase ‘in the trade’ here? the excerpt: … Mrs. Ramsay in her modest way flushed a little and slipped the chain inside her dress. Ramsay leaned forward. He gave us all a look and a smile flickered in his eyes. "That’s a pretty chain of Mrs. Ramsay’s, isn’t it?" "I noticed it at once," answered Mr. Kelada. "Gee, I said to myself, those are pearls all right." "I didn’t buy it myself, of course. I’d be interested to know how much you think it cost." "Oh, in the trade somewhere round fifteen thousand dollars. But if it was bought on Fifth Avenue shouldn’t be surprised to hear that anything up to thirty thousand was paid for it."
Oct 30, 2018 8:55 AM
Answers · 3
I would interpret this to mean "in the jewellery trade" - the specific trade is (usually!) implicit from context. In this particular context, they are discussing the prices between jewellers, possibly the wholesale price, with little profit. This is the price before the large markups charged by stores. I hope this helps! English Chris
October 30, 2018
If one dealer sold it to another dealer, this would be 'in the trade'. This contrasts with selling to the public.
October 30, 2018
Still haven’t found your answers?
Write down your questions and let the native speakers help you!
Wu Ting
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English, French
Learning Language