The Rules of Acquisition

The Rules of Acquisition were a list of trusims which acted as the moral guidelines for Ferengi pursuits of wealth and happiness. Grand Nagus Gint wrote them ten thousand years ago. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)


Number Rule Source
1 Once you have their money, you never give it back. DS9: "The Nagus", "Heart of Stone"
2 The best deal is the one that makes the most profit. DS9 novel: The 34th Rule
3 Never spend more for an acquisition than you have to. DS9: "The Maquis, Part II"
4 A woman wearing clothes is like a man in the kitchen. DS9 novel: The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition
5 Always exaggerate your estimates. SCE novel: Cold Fusion
6 Never let family stand in the way of opportunity. DS9: "The Nagus"
7 Always keep your ears open. DS9: "In the Hands of the Prophets"
8 Small print leads to large risk. DS9 novel: The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition
9 Instinct, plus opportunity, equals profit. DS9: "The Storyteller"
10 Greed is eternal. VOY: "Prophet Motive"
11 Even if it's free, you can always buy it cheaper. DS9 novel: The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition
12 Anything worth selling is worth selling twice. DS9 novel: The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition
13 Anything worth doing is worth doing for money. DS9 novel: Legends of the Ferengi
15 Dead men close no deals. DS9 novel: Demons of Air and Darkness
16 A deal is a deal (is a deal)...until a better one comes along. DS9 novel: The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition
17 A contract is a contract is a contract... but only between Ferengi. DS9: "Body Parts"
33 It never hurts to suck up to the boss. Henglaar, M.D.: "Risk Factors"
81 There's nothing more valuable than information. Bait and Switch: "Heis'he Ri'nanovai"
126 When you're out of goods to trade, point at something far away and then take their money. Then refer to Rule 127. Star Trek: Phoenix-X: "The Cash Flow"
127 Run! Star Trek: Phoenix-X: "The Cash Flow"
202 The only justification profit needs is profit. Henglaar, M.D.: "Profit Without Honor"
218 Sometimes what you get for free costs entirely too much. Henglaar, M.D.: "Vector of Infection"
245 Star systems are not refundable. Star Trek: Phoenix-X: "The Cash Flow"
Unknown A man is only worth the sum of his possessions. ENT: "Acquisition"

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