Scratching a niche

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You're ensconced at your favorite watering hole. "Where to this year?" asks Joe, the bartender. Your shrug apparently speaks volumes. "Try Aruba," Joe responds. "Eddie's Travel Agency and Grill is running a special. I'll hook you up."

You're soaking your nails in Palmolive, albeit unwittingly, when your manicurist, Madge, digs into your cuticle saying, "Have you heard? Eddie's Travel Agency and Grill is practically giving away Paris this season. You soak. I'll give Eddie a ring."

Idle chit-chat? Possibly. But it's also possible that Joe and Madge may be hawking for Travelsavers, a group of everyday folks who paid $459 for a correspondence course and a certificate in order to hook up with a local travel agent in the hope of drumming up business. They will, of course, get a cut of the commission, should there be one.

A new niche or just another crevice wide enough for fools to toss in their dough? Read Joe Kornik's story and decide for yourself. But I'll tell you one thing, next time my doctor tells me I need a vacation, I think I'll get a second opinion.

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