- Fire sale
A fire sale is the
saleof goods at extremely discounted prices, typically when the seller faces bankruptcyor other impending distress. The term may originally have been based on the sale of goods at a heavy discount due to fire damage. A fire sale may or may not be a closeout, the final sale of goods to zero inventory.
The sports term is derived from this term.
Dictionary.com, the term originated in 1890-95 in New Zealand. The fire at Whitcombe and Tombsin Dunedinresulted in a "Fire Sale."Failed verification|date=September 2008
In popular culture
In the "
Arrested Development" episode "Top Banana", Tobias auditions for a commercial advertising a fire sale, but fails to land the part when he "made the fire too real" and "probably failed to highlight the sale."
"Live Free or Die Hard"
In the film "
Live Free or Die Hard", fire sale was used as a fictional hacker term meaning a crippling cyber-warfareattack on the infrastructure of the United States that would disrupt all power, public utilities, water, traffic, and other computer-controlled systems. The term is used because "everything must go".
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