Bucket shop

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Bucket shop usually refers to a particular type of fraudulent business.

The term is used as a pejorative colloquialism to refer to different kinds of businesses, indicating that the speaker believes it is a fraud or scam. In this sense it might be used as a name for stock market, unregulated credit default swaps, or for heraldry scams.

In heraldry, bucket shop refers to a business working with heraldic fraud. A similar meaning is used on the stock market, where bucket shop is a defined term under the criminal law of many states in the United States that make it a crime to operate a bucket shop,[1] see bucket shop (stock market).

The term is also used of airline ticket consolidators, though in this case there is no implication of fraud.


  1. ^ For example, see California's definition, Washington State's definition, Pennsylvania's definition, or Mississippi's definition.