Once upon a time a
man appeared in a village and announced to the villagers
that he would buy monkeys for $10 each.
seeing that there were many monkeys around, went out to the
forest and started catching them.
The man bought
thousands at $10 and, as supply started to diminish, the
villagers stopped their effort. He next announced that he
would now buy
monkeys at $20
each. This renewed the efforts of the villagers and they
Soon the supply
diminished even further and people started going back to
their farms. The
offer increased to $25 each and the supply of monkeys
became so scarce it
was an effort to even find a monkey, let alone catch
The man now
announced that he would buy monkeys at $50 each! However,
since he had to
go to the city on some business, his assistant would buy
on his behalf.
In the absence of the man, the assistant told the
"Look at all these monkeys in the
big cage that the man has
collected. I will sell them to you at $35 and when the man
from the city,
you can sell them to him for $50 each."
rounded up all their savings and bought all the monkeys
They never saw the man or his assistant again, only lots
and lots of monkeys!