I have an item that I would like to give to my friend. Its value is 3,000 dollars, and this base value cannot be changed. My friend would like to buy it from me for exactly 3,000 dollars, and I'd love to give it to him, but there is one problem:
The government has (strangely) created a rule that states that one must sell an item for at least two times its value but no more than ten times its value. That means I can only sell that item to my friend from 6-30 thousand dollars.
But we've devised a plan:
We've decided that we will try and sell the item back and forth to each other to try to get a manipulation. So that the end result will be that I earned 3,000 dollars and my friend gained the item.
Unfortunately, the government is on our tail:
We can only trade 3 times (each time that item travels is one time, back and forth is 2 times). Once we do more than that, the government will see what we are trying to do and revoke the item entirely!
What and how can we trade so that the net result ends up with me and my friend swapping the item for 3,000 dollars?
I have a picture below (warning, I am artistically challenged) that depicts what the trades would look like. The tomato in the picture represents an item, and the "$" means that money is being sent.
Notes and hints:
There is a logical answer to this riddle, and there is no wordplay. I will hand out additional hints if necessary. Good luck!