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Although stereotyped as shady dealers, in reality peddlers were vulnerable travelers who could be easy crime targets.
Determining the precise number of peddlers who sold their wares in North Carolina at any given time is difficult. What is clear, however, is that this ancient form of selling remained an important part of the state's commerce into the twentieth century, when more sophisticated traveling salesmen replaced peddlers and improved transportation made getting to the store easier for consumers.
Source: Jones, Lu Ann. "Peddlers." NCPedia, 2006.