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I understand the prohibition on eating meat during the nine days, but is one allowed to still purchase meat for later consumption outside of the 9 days.

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Certainly. At least one shabbos will occur during the Nine Days, and meat is permitted for consumption then. Until refrigeration was invented, eating meat on Shabbos meant -- well yes they had other preservation methods, but most likely people would be buying it during the Nine Days too.

Similarly someone could be making a seudas mitzva and permitted to eat meat; so he could buy the meat whenever is convenient -- or I could buy the meat for him, and so on.

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+1, but it doesn't address buying meat for after the nine days (which, I admit, wasn't directly asked about). I'm almost sure that's permitted too, but I have no source at the moment. –  msh210 Jul 25 '12 at 16:12

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