Define: Bucket Shop

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Definition: Bucket Shop


Full Definition of Bucket Shop

You may think a bucket shop is simply somewhere you buy cheap airline tickets. It’s originally an American expression for a gambling den and in stockmarket terms, that’s something much less palatable.

A bucket shop is also sometimes called a boiler room, ie. a share-broking business run by somebody who isn’t a member of the stock exchange and is likely to be an out-and-out criminal.

It exists to push worthless or even non-existent shares to unsuspecting mug punters (the public). These companies will invariably fail, or fail to fulfil their claimed potential. The Internet is a fertile ground for such conmen (and con women)

Avoid at all costs!


Synonyms For Bucket Shop

boiler room

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Bucket Shop are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 15th February 2020.