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A forestaller was an individual who intercepted the farmers on their way to the market and offered a lower price for their goods in order to resell them at a higher price at the market.
In an example from Colchester in 1429 such an overbidder is described as a forestaller.
Finally, Finkelstein suggests that the link between commutative justice and profit rested on a static view of the economy, which would return to stasis if those who disturbed it, such as usurers, regrators, and forestallers, were forced to stop their evil ways.