A merchant with no inventory who orders his merchandise from a third party when dealing with a customer.
The practice of being a drop seller is common on internet auctions sites such as eBay but it's frowned upon by buyers who pay for the item and have to wait for the seller to aquire the item which may not be in stock.
Many hippies come from upper class families and mooch off their parents all the way through grad school. They then become teachers or full tenured professors. Thus they never have worked a day in their lives.