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Chapter 62:1-3
The Laws of Commerce and Trade

1. Great care must be taken not to deceive or cheat a colleague. Whoever cheats or deceives a colleague violates a Torah prohibition. This applies whether the seller deceives the purchaser or the purchaser deceives the seller, as [Leviticus 25:14] states: "When you sell something to a colleague or buy something from a colleague, do not wrong each other."

[Shabbos 31a] relates that this will be the first issue about which a person will be questioned [by the Heavenly tribunal] in his ultimate judgement. He will be asked: "Have you dealt and traded honestly?"

2. Just as one is forbidden to cheat a colleague with regard to a sale, so, too, there is a prohibition against cheating with regard to hired work, contracted labor, and exchange of currency.

3. A person who trades faithfully need not worry about the prohibition against cheating a colleague. What is meant by "trading faithfully"? A person who says: " I have brought this article for this amount and I want to make this much as a profit." Even if he was cheated when he purchased the article - though a person who was cheated has no right to cheat a colleague - nevertheless, the above mentioned practice is permitted. He clearly tells the purchaser not to consider the worth of the article, but the amount which he had paid for it.

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