“A broker is entitled to a fee if he arranges so ahead of time or if that is the standard practice,” said Rabbi Dayan. “Similarly, had Mendy said, ‘Sell for $150 and keep any extra,’ you would get the difference.’ You would then become a shomer sachar [paid guardian) on the ticket, though, if the item had inherent value, and would be responsible for it regarding theft until it was sold [185:4; Shach 185:5].
“Here, however, you simply offered to sell the ticket to Mr. Kurz on Mendy’s behalf,” “so all $180 goes to him.”
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