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bucket shop

Chiefly Brit any small business that cannot be relied upon, esp one selling cheap airline tickets
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market in 1907 was something called "the bucket shops," which were betting saloons where people could spend the day, take out highly leveraged loans and make side bets on the performance of the markets.
Both businesses, the Bucket Shop and Steeltec, share staff and are operated by United Supply, which also operates a full-line industrial, commercial, institutional and residential cleaning and supply division called Swish.
While the company became famous as an online holiday bucket shop, sales of other goods and services have risen and now account for almost half its transactions.
The latest are two Oxford University graduates who set up an on-line bucket shop.
The malaise on our High Street which has seen the humbling of British Retailing's flagship stores has coincided with the rise of American-style bucket shop boutiques which peddle only the slip-shod and the unsightly.
It specialises in services not usual in a bucket shop - allocated seating and special needs.
Why should a good firm be undermined by other crooked companies, bucket shop companies, refusing to pay?
And the current weakness is not because of alleged bucket shops producing so-called low-tech product but rather because of the extreme frailty of one of the most important links in the supply chain: raw material suppliers.
EVERYONE KNOWS THAT designers are all a bunch of wing nuts, fabricators are all bucket shops, OEMs are simply traitors and assemblers are all out to take advantage of everyone
This is another reliable and usable site with lots of features, such as holiday weather reports, that make it more interesting to use than some other online bucket shops.