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Chapter 47 Gibbet’s Calculation

Edited by: Kanaa-senpai

 A little further back in time, after Neil had finished his business meeting with Gibbet, the master of the harvest hoe, things were suddenly very busy in the harvest hoe.

 ”Refill the crates! Put the refilled crates on the wagon and go sell them to the customers! Hurry up, hurry up! We’re running out of time today!”

 Immediately after the meeting with Neil, Gibbet immediately repacks all the different kinds of crops evenly into one crate and loads them onto the wagon so that he can show them all at once to his customers.

 Tomorrow they will go to Neil’s settlement to purchase some crops, but they have not yet decided how much they will buy.

 Gibbet, who wanted to decide after seeing the reactions of his customers, was in a great hurry, including the fact that it was already past noon, to get his staff running and sell to as many customers as possible by the end of the day.

 Although he was making a bold statement on Neil’s behalf, he knew that even if he mentioned Neil’s name, he did not know how well the out-of-season crops would be accepted by the customers, and the reason why he made such a big deal was because of the commercial potential of the out-of-season crops and the great opportunity to establish a relationship with Neil.

 If it worked and they could make a regular contract, they could establish a connection with the nobleman.

 Moreover, if it was Neil who had invented various things, they might be able to enjoy a small share of his inventions in the future.

 This was an up-front investment, so to speak, and it was up to Gibbet to show how well he could recover the money he had invested.

 The next morning, Gibbet had not slept a wink since last night, and he was still dealing with the documents.

 He read through the order forms from the customers, or more precisely, the scribbled notes of the staff, to find out which customers wanted which crops and how much they wanted.

 The reason why a formal order form has not yet been prepared is that it has not yet been determined how much of the crops will be purchased from Neil’s settlements.

 If they fail to purchase the ordered amount of crops from the settlements, they will have no choice but to tell their customers that they can’t sell the crops because they don’t have them in stock, and they will lose the trust they have built up so far.

 So this time, the plan was to ask for the desired number of crops orally, and take a formal order as soon as the stocking was completed.

 ”Sir, how would you like us to prepare the wagons?”

 ”Let’s see.”

 Gibbet stared at the order form and seemed to think for a while.

 ”Okay, prepare three large ones.”

 ”Three large ones? Isn’t that too much?”

 ”I said get them ready, we don’t have time for this!”

 ”Y-yes, sir!”

 Gibbet shouted, and the staff rushed to prepare the wagons.

 The large wagons are literally big wagons, more than twice as heavy as the small wagons used in the settlements.

 These wagons are used when they buy crops from farmers who have regular contracts with them. In such cases, one wagon is enough, or two wagons at most, and it is unheard of to move three such wagons.

 Of course, Gibbet did not intend to purchase such a large quantity, nor did he thinks that there would be enough stock to fill up three wagons in the settlements.

 This is just a pose, to impress upon Neil that they have enough sales channels to sell even if they buy such a large amount of crops, by going to the settlements with three large wagons to show that they are willing to do this deal.

 Nevertheless, Gibbet would not have taken such a bold step if the customer’s response to the order was not positive.

 ”As expected, the response from the fruit and vegetable stores has not been good.”

 The customers of the harvest hoe can be roughly classified into three categories: fruit and vegetable stores that sell crops, restaurants such as diners and taverns, and finally, cooks who work in noble residences.

 The reason why the response of fruit and vegetable stores was not good was, as Gibbet thought, because the commercial value of out-of-season crops was unknown.

 The next most responsive group was the restaurants, which were divided into two groups, but 70% of them responded well and were prepared to buy more.

 Lastly, the most responsive was surprisingly the cooks working in the noble’s house. For the cooks who are struggling to create meals to keep their masters satisfied every day, the availability of crops that are not available at this time of the year was a very good thing.

 The cooks, without exception, wanted the crops because it would increase their repertoire of meals and also because they would be able to please their masters with the rarity of the crops.

 However, compared to fruit and vegetable stores and restaurants, the quantity consumed by the cooks was not large, so overall the actual number of orders was smaller.

 ”Sir! Everything is ready.”

 ”Okay, we’re on our way!”

 When Gibbet received word that the wagons were ready, he put away his papers and made his way to Neal’s settlement.

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