Once upon a time a man appeared in a village and announced
to the villagers that he would buy monkeys for $10 each.
The villagers, 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 started catching monkeys again.
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 it!
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 his absence, the assistant told the villagers: “Look at all these
monkeys in this big cage that the man has already collected.
I will sell them to you at $35 and when he returns from the city,
you can sell them to him for $50 each.”
The villagers rounded up all their savings and bought
all the monkeys for 700 million dollars.
They never saw the man or his assistant again,
only lots and lots of monkeys!
Author Unknown - Please comment if you know the author so credit can be given