Clever Trade Negotiating

Photo by: J Hardy Carroll

Gryxt, the alien leader of the trade team, sighed as he gazed at the carnival ride. “I thought it was a transportation device!”

“Disappointing,” said Jurzyt. “These low-tech Humans have nothing to trade.”

Plauxt returned with a bag. “Try this!”

Gryxt tasted the curious food. “Incredible! I’ve tasted nothing else like it.”

“Astonishing,” said Jurzyt. “We could make trillions from this!”

“How much did you trade for it?” said Gryxt.

“Just ten Class IV counter-gravity modules.”

“What? Those are common as grass! You could only lift a small house with one.” Gryxt grinned, “You really fooled that Caramel Corn seller.”
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Written for the Friday Fictioneers: https://rochellewisoff.com/2018/01/17/12-january-2018/

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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53 Responses to Clever Trade Negotiating

  1. Wait until they try the Atomized Nebulous Cumuli Confection, better known as cotton candy!

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  2. Iain Kelly says:

    There is nothing quite like it!

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  3. Alice Audrey says:

    Sounds like a win-win to me. Pass the anti-grav units. I’ve got plenty of lifting to do.

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  4. Nic says:

    Love this one!

    Like

  5. James says:

    Now I’m hungry for caramel corn.

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  6. I loved it! A unique take on the prompt. :o)

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  7. tedstrutz says:

    Just wait till they try a chili dog.

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  8. Joy Pixley says:

    Great (and funny) commentary on how one person’s trash is another’s treasure, Alien version. And now I want caramel corn too.

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  9. Wasn’t it that caramel corn seller’s ancestor that bought Manhattan from the natives?

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  10. My wife, who is a big fan of caramel popcorn, would tend to agree with the alien trade delegation. They did get a good deal ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. draliman says:

    I have no idea what caramel corn is but I reckon we’re going to be getting the best of this trade deal!

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  12. Sandra says:

    Now that’s what I call an ‘out of the box’ take. Well done.

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  13. Dear Eric,

    What? He didn’t try the funnel cake? Crazy-funny.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  14. pennygadd51 says:

    There’s always something you can trade! Nice story, EagleAye.

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  15. rgayer55 says:

    Those aliens aren’t much better traders than the Native Americans were when the first Europeans arrived. Next carmel apple vendors will be setting up stands on distant planets.

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    • EagleAye says:

      No kidding. They’ll be setting up alongside stalls with sausage-on-a-stick and fried ice cream. I’ll bet the Indians went through something similar. “Sure, I’ll sell something to you that you cannot own, you idiot.” White men must’ve seemed like terrible trade negotiators.

      Thanks so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. Dale says:

    This was outta da Cracker Jack box!

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  17. Lyn says:

    Those smart aliens never seem to learn do they ๐Ÿ˜€

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  18. Liz Young says:

    Caramel corn? I wonder what they’d think of candy-floss!

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  19. Anti gravity granules shall not be treated lightly though

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  20. Who’s tricking who here? Another wonderful take on the prompt.

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  21. Indira says:

    Haha. You never fail to raise a laugh. I think you can take copyright for wigs, they will soon be going for it.

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  22. Ha, ha. Is that all it cost? Amazing, Hilarious and good writing, as usual, Eric. ๐Ÿ˜€ — Suzanne

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  23. subroto says:

    Yes but I am told the counter-gravity modules do have a side effect. People end up watching Reality TV a lot. Wonderfully imaginative as always.

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