Abbrochment – definition and meaning

An abbrochment occurs when a company or person monopolizes a market by purchasing a product in bulk or wholesale for the purpose of selling it retail – at a higher price – as the product’s only vendor. Also called abbroachment, it is the act of monopolizing products in the market by buying at wholesale, the aim being to re-sell them at retail.

Abbrochment, a legal term, refers to the buying up of goods at wholesale to control the supply, and then resell them at significantly higher retail prices.

The verb To Abbroach means to monopolize goods or forestall a market.

This is a monopoly in which the price will be higher than the normal price. MBASkool.com writes:

“This will also lead to arbitrage where the products from one market will be transferred to another market and sold. These will lead to inefficiencies in the market.”


AbbrochmentAbbrochment (to abbroach) occurs when one entity buys up all the goods – which in this case are the fictitious ‘blues’ – before they reach market, at wholesale prices, and sells them at retail prices. The ‘abbroacher’ aims to gain total control, to be the sole vendor, i.e. to have a monopoly.


Financial-Dictionary.theFreeDictionary.com has the following definition for the term:

“The purchase of all goods in a market in order to control all retail sales of those goods in that market. Abbrochment is one way to create a monopoly.”

The vendor buys up all the supplies of a product in the market, thus making itself the sole supplier – it is a way of creating a monopoly. When abbrochment happens, the person or business that bought up all the goods wanted to control the retail sales of those goods.



Apart from creating a monopoly, the sole vendor, by buying up all the merchandise, makes it extremely difficult for other players to enter the market.

Abbrochment = forestalling the market

Forestalling the market is the act of contracting for or buying up any provision or merchandise on its way to the market. The intention is to re-sell it at a higher price, dissuade people from bringing their provisions or merchandise to market, or persuading them to raise prices when there.

The term ‘engrossing’ differs from ‘forestalling’ in that the former involves buying up large quantities of merchandise after they have entered the market, with a view of having monopoly control. Forestalling involves doing so before the goods reach the market.