- (US) One who scalps tickets to popular entertainment events: buying them in advance and then selling them (e.g. online or just outside the venue of the event), often at inflated prices
- We could see three different scalpers moving through the crowd outside the arena, each muttering the characteristic refrain: “Need any tickets?"
- (finance) A person on an open outcry exchange trading floor who buys and sells rapidly for his or her own account, aiming to buy from a seller and a little later sell to a buyer, making a small profit from the difference (roughly the amount of the bid/offer spread, or less).
scalper - Investment & Finance Definition
A speculator in the futures market who trades in order to make a small profit from small upticks and downticks in prices. Often local traders, who are those who trade for their own accounts, are scalpers.