Vampire squid refers to any large private or public organization that is a major drain on society through malicious but subtle or invisible actions. These organizations usually get away with what they do because of corruption within the society's regulatory structure.
"The world's most powerful investment bank Goldman Sachs is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money."
- Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone, "The Feds vs. Goldman Sachs", 2009
The military industrial complex is like a vampire squid that is sucking the capital out of the pockets of the average American.
To purchase a stock or commodity during a price decline. Became popular during the post-housing bubble quantitative easing trend, where stocks were guaranteed to rise until a new dawn of American capitalism magically occurred or, alternatively, the money supply exploded resulting in uncontrollable inflation.
Investor 1: Dude, did you see that silver prices went down? What's with that?
Investor 2: Buy the dip. The Bernank will make sure that all prices are rising.
Investor 1: What?
Investor 2: Buy the fucking dip, you fucking idiot.
Also known as a "second hand shop", a thrift store is a business that runs solely off the reselling of other people's shit. They have little to no overhead and are often run by lunatic religious groups like the Salvation Army.
These stores usually contain a lot of crap nobody wants, but also will have the occasional gem, such as a pair of nunchucks, an unworn Armani suit in dry cleaner bag previously owned by a deceased person or bedroom furniture with secret compartments holding narcotics.
Person A: Wow, that's a nice shirt.
Person B: Thanks, I got it at the thrift store for a dime.
Police: Your honor, we caught Person B with 12 kilos of cocaine in a bedstand he claims he bought from the Salvation Army.