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The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition is a reference book which contains an assorted seventy Rules of Acquisition along with several black and white still photographs from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine to illustrate certain rules.


From the book jacket
The Ferengi are greedy, avaricious, ruthless, cowardly and completely unscrupulous.
For centuries the famous Rules of Acquisition have been the guiding principles of the galaxy's most successful entrepreneurs. These 285 Rules of Acquisition range from,
#1 "Once you have their money, never give it back."
#21 "Never place friendship before profit."
These rules and hundreds more have taken many successful Ferengi to new frontiers of profit.

Excerpts of copyrighted sources are included for review purposes only, without any intention of infringement.

Introduction: "A few words from Quark"

Written by Quark as told to Ira Steven Behr, The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition represents roughly one-quarter of the sum total of Ferengi business wisdom. Containing seventy of the over two hundred and eighty guiding priciples of Ferengi society, this book will assist the reader in tapping into the knowledge and wisdom that has made the Ferengi species the most successful entrepreneurs in the galaxy –or so Quark says.

The book opens with an introduction by Deep Space 9's resident Ferengi, in which he encourages the reader to purchase this book for themselves, their friends, family and business associates. He explains this pocket size book is perfect for carrying around for those ever important business deals, that is until you are able to commit them to memory like all good Ferengi.

Quark explains a brief history of the rules as created by Grand Nagus Gint from the very first rule that he labeled as #162 to increase demand for the other one hundred and sixty-one rules.

The rules

The rules are written in large print one to a page with the number centralized at the top of the page and the rule itself printed in the middle. On select pages, a black and white photograph of a scene from an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is printed opposite.

At the end of the book are two pages containing nine blank lines for the addition of new rules that may be revealed to Humans in the future, although, "this doesn't mean you won't have to buy a revised and expanded edition of this book someday."

Selected rules

"Beware the man who doesn't make time for oo-mox"

"There is nothing more dangerous than an honest businessman."

- Rule #27

"Profit is its own reward."

- Rule #41

"The flimsier the product, the higher the price."

- Rule #82

"Always have sex with the boss."

- Rule #113

"Beware the man who doesn't make time for oo-mox"

- Rule #223

"A wife is a luxury… a smart accountant a necessity."

- Rule #255

"Deep down, everyone's a Ferengi."

- Rule #284


Background information




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Quark recommends purchasing a copy of this book from him by sending three strips of gold-pressed latinum to Deep Space 9. Delivery takes six to eight weeks.

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