Trafford’s Trading Club


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Luo Qiu became the boss of a ‘club’ by chance.

It was a weird club that sold strange items and with a servant girl that had 300 years of working experience. Countless people with dreams, hopes and ambitions came to the club to exchange anything precious they own for what they want. They would offer their lifespan, items, and even their soul. Every successful trade would increase Luo Qiu’s lifespan by a little.

“Tribute successful, your lifespan has increased by 99 years.”

As thus, Luo Qiu began his endless life as the club’s boss.

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New SnowX rated it
August 22, 2019
Status: c547
I won't do an in-depth review of the novel, others are already doing that for me.

You know, when in fantasy novels or even real-world legends you read about some "deal with the devil" where someone can exchange something like his soul for wealth or longevity or power, that's exactly it.

If you've ever wondered about the other side of the trade, the "all powerful devil merchant" and if you thought that it would be really nice to know more about it then this novel is made for you.

As the novel is... more>> more focused on the trades and their conseqences with the customer and his surroundings instead of just the returns of the trade for the MC you can read about really interesting situations about the customers. Maybe they're crazy, maybe they're lunatics, maybe they're normal people. You don't know because it wil be slowly unraveled as the story goes forwards.

After all, only a burning desire ca grant access to the shop, be it good or evil. <<less
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New nchen rated it
July 28, 2019
Status: c850
Great novel with stimulating philosophical considerations. I thought there wouldn't be too much 'mandatory' nationalism until the author decided to


immortalize the Great Chairman Mao Zedong as the founder of human-monster relations


which made this novel easily 6/5.
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Alexander Valdimir rated it
August 19, 2017
Status: c109
If you had a strong desire in life, what would you sacrifice to achieve it? Would you offer a body part, your emotions, or perhaps your soul to the devil. In the end what you desire may certainly be achieve regardless of what it is, only if you're willing to pay the price.

This is a novel of a man who holds something akin to the devil power, granting wishes for those who desires. Fulfilling the wishes of the granted, and how humanity can be seen with a devil or a... more>> savior. Like reading a series of tragedies, of how grace isn't given for free.

This novel to put it lightly could be describe as a watchmen who oversee the endless tragedies that happens everywhere. Or more bluntly, akin to watching how humanity tests our own limits. This novel showcases that tragedies will strike upon everyone living in this world. That there are some people who will experience a more saddening tale wishing upon a god to come their aid. Impartiality of tragedies comes into play as no matter how wealthy, famous, or powerful, it'll come down upon you testing the limit of your humanity.

Novel would be a recommended for any psychological, drama, and Seinen fans. More for those who are interesting in mature novel about Human nature. <<less
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Trent rated it
May 10, 2017
Status: c32
It's been really enjoyable so far. We get into the meat of the story from the first chapter, so you don't have to force yourself through a long introduction. The world-building is more "show and suggest" than "tell and force down readers' throats." And it flows so smoothly; rather than splitting the plot entirely into separate story arcs or missions, it offers a more authentic moment-to-moment view of the MC's activities. And unlike in many other novels, the difficulty, complexity, and rewards of trades and missions don't seem to artificially escalate as the MC gets stronger. Instead, the world proceeds as it does, and the MC decides what he can and can't get involved with, and chooses how to go about doing things (with his assistant's help and advice, though she'd prefer for him to be more self-sufficient).

The MC's assistant-cum-teacher is interesting and discreetly funny. The MC himself has a good mentality: he understands that he's become (sort of) immortal and (sort of) tied to the Club, yet he's not angsting about it nor forcing himself to change. Instead, he'll let his personality change naturally over time, and he'll enjoy what he has while he can, and won't let this new world scare him. Actually, he has fun taking advantage of people's perceptions to appear especially mysterious, to seem more badass than he has yet become because why not?

He's curious and calm, very well suited for his position. At the same time, his likable personality may be a weakness of the novel. He's so calm, so well-suited for his position, that he doesn't really have to grow into his function. Sure, I'm glad he's not whining about it or messing things up, but I'd like to see some character growth, or even better, for his personality to continuously change over the decades. As it is, he's pretty much static. His zombie-doll assistant seems to have more room for transformation than him, actually. Not sure how much of her personality is a front, though...
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longshot3990 rated it
April 9, 2017
Status: c10
Very interesting and mysterious story. MC has to constantly make deals with people in order to be able to run the trading house and live. He meets very weird being and regular people then makes trades with them. He also is currently living a normal life apart from when he gets a new customer. Overall this story is very promising in terms of what can pop out of any corner. Cant wait for a new chapter.
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cyndor rated it
June 13, 2017
Status: c59
I went into this novel with good expectations since it reminded me of tsukumodo antique shop (they're really not that similar) and I wasn't disappointed. What I enjoyed is how quickly (and seamlessly) this story got things started. From the very first chapter we discover this mysterious shop that sells anything, and everything. That was quick wasn't it? Well, guess what? The second chapter he is already the owner and has his first customer.

The first 100 or so chapters deal with fairly normal trades, and the story of the people... more>> who make those trades, and the MC's day-to-day life. We see how he is a completely different boss than the previous owner, and how he is trying to maintain his humanity and the 'color' in his world.

Someone mentioned how well suited he is for his position as the club owner, but that is not only because of his original interests/personality but also because the club makes it so (I wont spoil it). Both he and his mechanical assistant do change throughout the story (although slowly) so do not think they will remain static and make the story boring.

This story not only deals with humans, monsters, and spirits, but it also takes us to different countries (1 thus far). No matter how accurate the portrayal is, at least the author tries to get out of his comfort zone and show us something different. This is a definite recommendation from me, and I would say to read the first 10-20 chapters to decide whether you would like to continue reading. <<less
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MangoGuy rated it
July 9, 2017
Status: c78
This is Mango approved. Nothing less, nothing more.

First of all, the setting. Modern day with fantasy elements. And we got tons of macabre elements. Not to mention.. This is hard-core seinen.

At first glance, it might look like a regular series, with MC getting OP powers and then living his life.

But this is far from it. First of all, it is kinda like episodic, with arcs rather than episodes. However, each new character is developed beautifully. We see a reason for their struggle, and also.. we see why they are willing... more>> to strike the deal with the devil.

However, you never feel disappointed when they disappear after the arc. Why? Because there is a good chance that they might come back in a future arc. Yes, c78 and I can confirm it. And even if they don't come back, it implies that they originally got a good ending. note that good doesn't mean positive. it can even be tragic or something. But basically, their character is resolved.

Between all of these great characters, we have the MC. So far, he can be termed as semi-beta. However, his mindset is very carefree... He is willing to accept that the world is not full of roses. However, I will say that so far the MC doesn't really come off as a strong character. Then again... the 'supporting characters' themselves are pretty well-written, meaning that there is every chance for the character of the MC to be further explored.

There is no real romance, but there is a.. romantic sub-plot (?)... Just, don't go in looking for some romance. There is some cuteness though.

Are there any negatives? Probably. So far, at c78 we are still easing into the plot with no real vision on any ambition or something. meaning that this can potentially turn into an endless SoL type story. But I am actually willing to give it a try even if that happen. Why? because of the seinen elements. The author is doing a really good job. This novel might just slightly remind you something like death Parade (not really).

Also, in CN... If something tarts this well, it almost always gets bad later on. Hoping that this time around, I am wrong.


Also.. the characters really are really lovable when they need to be. And you hate those that you need t hate.


This is Mango approved. I am happy to see something like this being offered by Qidian (Meaning that it is officially translated and hence, good quality TL.) <<less
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Wand148 rated it
February 4, 2018
Status: c37
Eh, not my cup of tea. The wording is really hard to read and the idea’s something I’ve seen before in anime, so I’m not really that impressed. If you watched x**holic, it’s basically the same thing, except with cultivators.

The main character’s too emotionless so it gets pretty boring. I get that he’s supposed to be a kind of “devil merchant” but he seems too soft and indifferent to be intimidating.

It seems to lean on other characters but, I don’t know, I just feel no sense of attachment to any... more>> of the characters in this novel.

It developed a nice eerie atmosphere so, that’s cool. I just think that if you want to find something as insightful as this, you could look at some psychological genre anime. Try as you like though, maybe it’ll be different for you.

Not my cup of tea and really hard to read imo <<less
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GDLiZy rated it
December 23, 2017
Status: c200
I'm sorry, I accidentally voted 4 even tho it is 5 stars.

Anyway, let's begin.

Think about people who made trades with devils by trading their soul for satisficing their own wishes, it's unbelievable, isn't it?

... more>> But you never consider it from their perspective, that what kinds of emotions they are experiencing that made them so desperately to gain their wishes and fell to the bottom of the abyss.

Are those wishes of them more valuable than their souls?What kinds of consequences would they face after the trades?Even if they traded their souls, was it enough?Will they ever trade with the devils again?

This is not a story about adventuring and exploring the beauty of the world, this is the story about the agony of those people who, in the end, crumble onto themselves and finally made trades with the devils.

This story showed us the dark side of humanity, and those who lived inside it, it showed us why they would be willing to trade with the devils instead of giving up and die an agonizing death.

End of this humble one opinion. <<less
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BillionJellyfish rated it
November 16, 2018
Status: c425
The summary of the novel is basically this: A university student becomes the owner of a supernatural shop that can fulfill its customers' wishes as long as a suitable price is paid. The MC (university student), receives supernatural powers from the shop such as teleportation, longevity, and others by gifting the shop's "demonic" altar the payment received by its customers. For ex. A customer may wish for a wealthy life in exchange for their soul after death. The MC is essentially an op merchant that has the ability to trade... more>> for any type of requests from its customers as long as the customers have something of value to use as trade. Not all customers use their souls as a trade item, some may trade away their emotions, precious jewels, or even decide to shorten their own lifespan to make their wish come true. As long as the transaction between the MC and his customers is considered "fair" by the shop's demonic altar, anything goes.


The MC's character is very rational, and may even be considered cold/emotionless in some aspects. Because each arc mainly focuses on the customer's request and their side of the story, the MC acts like a neutral character or someone who just watches the show from the sidelines. On occasion, the MC intervenes in his customers' life as a cleanup staff to tie up loose ends, which the MC calls "after-services". By the point of 400chaps, the MC is like the most powerful character in the whole story, able to defeat the evil organization that shows up, able to defeat the last guardian dragon, etc. But the MC doesn't really act outside of his jurisdiction as a "devil trader". The MC is by no means an apostle of justice, he only acts when it involves his customers or his family members.

The other character that often show up in the story is the shop's robot maid. The robot maid served the previous shop owner, so she knows the ins and outs of how the shop generally operate. The maid is also somewhat op in terms of fighting power and knowledge. As time goes on, the maid starts to develop her own personality instead of acting like a monotone robot. Because there are different characters in different arcs, not many characters come back again in the story, and even if they do, it's only for a chapter or two, so it's hard to list all the supporting characters.

Plot Development:

The novel is fairly slow and goes into a lot of minor details/info dumps that may or may not be considered foreshadowing. After 400chaps, the novel is still cloaked in mystery regarding the previous shop owner, the origin of the mysterious demonic altar, the origin of the shop, etc. The MC likes to take his own sweet time with each customer, so in every arc, there is exceptional information regarding the customers' background and the outcomes of the transactions made between the MC. Instead of just focusing on the MC, the novel tend to switch between the customers' life and the MC, with most arcs showing the customers' perspectives.

Overall, the novel is fairly interesting and fresh compared to all the other sci-fi or cultivation novels out there. Because the novel lean more on the horror/mystery/dark side, it may not pique many people's interest, but it never hurts to give this novel a try if you're looking for a nice semi-spooky story. <<less
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Okuri Ookami rated it
April 9, 2017
Status: c10
Good novel so far a loner seeks isolation and finds his solitude in a place that offers him (potential) immortality while peeking his interest / hobby of observing the world around him. This is far removed from the usual novels we get on this site and has already made its way on to my favorites list. I'm interested to find out if there is any possible romancing in the future but as far as the first 10 chapters a lot has already happened. I can say that it doesn't start... more>> slow it jumps right into the story and what its about.

The first case will be a little moving and has raised my expectations for the upcoming cases as well. The novel hasn't shown school life but has already setup a possible outcome for the next 10 yrs; all of this in just 10 chapters. Pacing wise I think its a little fast but that's probably because there isn't a need for world building yet. The story is literally happening in the modern era so not much is different.


The world building is more likely to involve the monster and oddities side of the business along with the growth of his powers that allow him to do a multitude of things.


So far the story is a 10

5 - Presented story quality
5 - Story potential <<less
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smokllya rated it
June 24, 2018
Status: c320

One of the few novels that deserves it's ranking of more than four points.

This novel is whole. It is colorful and does not become lost in the tracks of time.

I really like what he did in the lake house 'volume'. That dubious ending was perfect.

The author has been able to build it well and it has not become monotonous after 300 chapters.

One bad thing about the novel would be that ... more>>

apparently he can force a deal on a customer.


Which would be fine depending of your perception of what his role is as the Club Owner.

I recommend this novel for it's mistery component. <<less
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L4 rated it
February 27, 2018
Status: c246

Trafford's Trading Club is a story about a college student who became the club master, which made him the maybe most powerful existence in the story. He doesn't seek to change the world for a better with the power. It is his task to work in the club by making deals. If he doesn't trade, he will run out of time and die. At the same time though he cares about the few relatives and friends he has. And if I had to judge his character I would rather call him a good guy than an evil existence. Although he works mostly for the interests of the club. And thus goes the saying in the story that MC is always On the side of the customer, which sounds like what a very good bUsinesSman would typically say. What makes this a top story is that every little ark feels really touching anD is different. All the new characters in each ark get enjoyable death. Can only recommend this story

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January 27, 2018
Status: c100
Are you the the of person that likes seeing the MC face slap every single enemy he encounters? The type of person that likes seeing the MC being badass all the time? If that's the case, then this novel may not necessarily fit your taste.

This novel focuses on the MC, but it also focuses on the people connected to the MC and their present states and back stories. The MC here, to me, is more of a medium or catalyst that helps out on revealing the side-characters' stories and connecting... more>> them all together to complete the pieces of the puzzle, but don't worry, the MC still does end up being badass at Every end of an arc.

The main genre here leans more on the psychological side, for it revolves around the human nature and how it works; this novel does not have the aspect of "black and white" cause only gray exists, meaning, good people may do bad things to other good people for the past bad things they have done, so it merely depends on the perspective or persona of a character to determine the good and bad part.

Characters are really colorful here too, I can't explain most of them cause there's so much variety, just read the novel and you'll understand.

I really like the plot idea, it's really original; the Characters are just up my alleyway, and the vibe it gives is definitely my taste. I'll give it a 5/5. <<less
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Dusk rated it
December 18, 2017
Status: c186
Good story, garbage editing / TLing. (Haven't really checked the original raw yet but pretty sure TL butchered quite a bit and the editing is.. Well let's say it's crap in my eyes)

It was okay before it hit mid 100s but well it's getting worse now, if you don't care about decent english then you can read it tho.

A pretty decent plot but executed brilliantly - something that most web novel authors cannot accomplish, the general outline of the plot does not really advance, in fact it's very... more>> slow but the so called 'side' stories are very important, actually I believe it is the essence of this novel itself.

Sad at times, happy & fun at other times, the story has a mix of both, causing the novel to possess different flavors in one pack. At another time if this novel was in the hands of a better team with decent release speed then it could have been super popular by now.

Really it is one of the better novels that uses the web novel format to good use and did not abuse it. Sadly, well..I guess it's Qidian anyways you can't really expect quality, which is why they are basically the bane of us readers who looks for decent 'english' at the very least. At this point of time I'm dropping this novel and am looking forward to be able to read the raws in 6~9 months maybe then I can write a more concise review without the hinderance of the lacking team behind it holding this novel back. <<less
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Dragon rated it
October 21, 2017
Status: c70
Wow, this story is amazing. It is the only novel that has ever baffled me repeatedly with twist and turns that did not seem forced and unnatural.

The main protagonist kind of reminds me of Lan Jue from Skyfire Avenue, a strong young master of a mysterious shop. While the writing is not as descriptive and fluid as that of Skyfire Avenue, the plot is more intricate and interesting in my opinion. The focus is not on battle or cultivation or anything, but instead on the characters and their interactions. Many... more>> characters are recurring and intertwined with each other, whether through their connection with the club/the protagonist or not.

5/5 for sure, it makes a lot of other wuxia/xianxia/xuanhuan novels seem like high school novels.

The one thing that I am wary about is that there are some arcs/subarcs that seem like they were plagiarizing other works of media. For example, there is one subarc that is basically copying Mob Psycho 100 episode 3 (or the corresponding manga chapters). <<less
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grenfunkel rated it
April 9, 2017
Status: c10
The story is very interesting and refreshing after reading too many chinese novels that reuse simmilar tropes. The atmosphere of the novel somehow reminds me of the anime "death parade" though it has a different story. For now as I have just read 10 chapters, I gave it 5 stars.
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TheNo1Fan rated it
April 9, 2017
Status: c10
This is a 5 star for me. Only reason I gave it 4 however is due to grammar and spelling mistakes. (Edit: The flow seems a bit awkward as well. A bit disjoinyed.) Editor really needs to step up his game.
So far its exactly as the synopsis states. Ordinary guy goes into mysterious shop. Takes over shop. He lives more and can also gain abilities depending on the transactions he makes. I would say there is absolutely nothing like this so far so definitely at least give it a... more>> try. <<less
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Xen rated it
July 7, 2018
Status: c133
Beautiful, the life is mistery, not always good things happen, bad things and disgrace forms also part of this life. When you let down your guard the world you be will turn off a change you never expected, the disgrace will strike you or the fortune will bless you, but a strong emotion that leads you in a path to the shop also means you are not sastify with something present in your life. This experience is a opportunity, whether it is for good or bad it depends on... more>> you.

Like this the story shows you the lifestyle and the possibility and the grace the life grants, at the same time together with the source of sorrow, bitter and all kind of things itself companies. It will remind you the cruel facts this world exist, far from a fairy tale, far from the mentality of a child, reminiscence and comprehension is obtained uppon the true definition in the path of the hardworking full of obstacles, and sweat has actually a little space for smile and enjoyment like life, like the story in the eyes of the neutral character yet the center who can witness with him in the different persons, different circumstances, but in common the tiring and the arduos path waited for them. Like the circle of it all life form deserves the respect along, like they have the same fate, like they have feelings, and emotions that enable them to make decision, you may not feel it because you think the world circles around you, but this novel made me watch, feel, and enjoy the moments of each of the characters, they are all unique, each of one has the potential to become valued, that is reflected from the 'soul' the origin of all essence.

The life doesn't finish just because the will of some words, same with the chracter, it is a eternal circle of doings and making. I am delighted to see this class of writing, it rescues the beauty of each of the characters in the history, but it also shows you a wonderful move of connecting the life of the characters in a way they preserve, moving along the eternal circle of life surprisingly the story accomplised this, it is not just recycle of some character the author didn't mention a certain time, or maybe it is but it gave the feeling that all characters move together and constructed a very solid plot and logic, no leaving any bit of cliche scenarios.

I'm very sastify with the existence of the shop, that keep reminding you the smilarity of it with demons, that will grant you any wishes, only with the condition you can pay back, they do not show in a way they represent all evil and disfortune for the world, in a certain way they are very fairy with the things they manage, reffering all the trades they made. They also have emotions, things they like and dislike, the tenth rule of the club, is an arbitrary component that take account the sentiment as the privilege of the owner, that at the same time doesn't show much of it, but is certain inside him. He had to deal with all kinds of people, granting by the club the benifit, in exchange the doing the duty of a saleman, so negligence means destruction of himself, that is the reason he can't be God in the story, along with the bad and good experiences he has to deal with it all together, with bitterness he has to meet people he is close with, but in rate with that he can also made their wishes come true. <<less
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cutterline rated it
February 12, 2018
Status: --
This novel is clearly inspired by x**Holic. Just imagine x**Holic messing around Chinese superstition and culture and occasionally put some modern/worldwide setup with some modifications to the characters. The themes is the same, taking aspect of human nature, psychology, relationship. Sometimes it's full dark and sometimes it's twisted to heartwarming, etc. You can sense its familiarity to x**Holic.

Sometimes the author jumps from a story to another story with reason akin to 'waiting the time to ripe' to give the reader mysterious feeling thus making it harder to read daily chapter... more>> as you might forget about past story. The result is not really bad if you wait and binge read an arc. Just my personal deduction, the author might take this route because x**Holic is a multiseries interlaced story that span into 1-2 decades of manga series. Therefore, the author tries to compensate the lack of material by jumping around the story. <<less
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nateo rated it
August 11, 2017
Status: c101
Amazing story thus far, it should be noted that although fights happen in this story, it is absolutely not a story about fighting. Don't read this expecting training or extended fights showing off the MC's powers.

MC is quite OP, but really the story isn't focused around the MC. It is very similar to x**Holic, the crux of the story is almost identical. The story is split into short episodic arcs about the people whose paths cross with the MC's. Time is spent developing them, their motivations, personalities and the consequences... more>> of their actions. A lot of time is spent trying to convey the characters' emotions and inner thoughts and it works out quite well in this type of story.

No significant overarching story thus far, there are interconnecting threads and recurring organizations and characters, but no sign of any kind of greater plot to take over the world or anything. Possibly will remain akin to a slice of life novel throughout.

The author's writing flow and pacing are all excellent, probably. I say probably because every now and then there are some really odd/awkward phrases that I assume are either due to the translator/editor or the writer trying to use an unfamiliar concept.

overall a 5/5 novel <<less
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B055Y rated it
July 29, 2017
Status: c91
It gives you a relaxing atmosphere along with being mysterious allowing you to get hooked.

The main character tackles situations sensiblely and calmly. He always has his own agenda in mind, the reader is never told what this is out in the open, but is instead allowed to make inferences along the way while the truth is slowly laid out throughout the situation. Instead of outright telling the reader which can only be used in certain situations, explainations are twisted with the story allowing it to easily flow and become understandable.

The... more>> main character easily integrates into his role as the immortal owner of a 'special' shop, many thanks to his personality. I think we can see his personality develop over the long term as he experiences more things. The growth on the other characters is also substantial, delving into their hearts and reasons for their purchase at his shop. These are always varying.

If I were to compare this novel to an anime, I would pick Jigoku shoujo / Hell Girl.

This is because throughout that series the episodes have a focus on other characters that trade their soul to send someone to hell, forcing them to also go to hell upon death. Here we see 'Hell Girl' develop in the long run of the series, as most of the 26 episodes are focused on these people who decide to do this and whether or not they made a mistake -- sent the wrong person to hell or regret their decision. We also see this in this novel, 'Trafford's Trading Club'.

Here there is a dedicated team giving great translations of a novel written by a talented author. <<less
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