Livingston were the only club in the Scottish Championship to see major money change hands during the January transfer window.
While the West Lothian club's coffers benefitted, their fans have lost the pleasure of witnessing at close hand the further development of midfielder Stefan Scougall, who was sold to Sheffield United, and defender Coll Donaldson, who was bought by Queens Park Rangers.
The Championship's talent pool was, however, bolstered by the continued filtering down of players with top-flight experience ejected, partly, as a result of squad cost-cutting.
Hamilton Academical's capture of Jason Scotland after the former Dundee United and St Johnstone forward's release from Barnsley appears to be the biggest coup, albeit he is in the twilight of his career, while title rivals Dundee will hope to resurrect the career of former Hearts striker Christian Nade
The fear of relegation - and missing out from the likely cash bonanza of playing Rangers and Hearts next season - meant the biggest turnaround of players was at Greenock Morton, Cowdenbeath and Livingston as they battle it out at the foot of the table.
New Morton manager Kenny Shiels attempted to conjure up what would be a major escape act with the introduction of striker Rowan Vine and midfielder David Robertson from Hibernian and St Johnstone respectively.
However, while he has improved the bottom side's form, the teams above them have continued to pick up points as well.
In: Barry Smith, manager (Ross County); Derek Riordan, forward (Bristol Rovers). Loan: Liam Lindsay, defender (Partick Thistle); Liam Caddis, midfielder (St Johnstone); Ross Caldwell, forward (Hibernian)
Out: Paul Hartley, manager (Dundee).
In: Seb Usai, goalkeeper (AFC United); Sammy Stewart, midfielder (Ambassadors); Chris Kane, midfielder (Dunfermline Athletic). Loan:James Fowler, defender (Kilmarnock); David Gold, midfielder (Hibernian); Darren Brownlie, defender (Partick Thistle)
Out: Marc McKenzie, midfielder (East Fife); Grant Adam, goalkeeper (Airdrieonians); David Cowan, defender (East Fife)
In: Mark McLaughlin, defender (Morton); Hugh Murray, midfielder (St Mirren, loan to permanent).Loan: Chris Kane, forward (St Johnstone); Michael Miller, defender (Celtic); Callum Thomson, (St Mirren)
Out: Martin McNiff, midfielder (Annan Athletic); Kevin Smith, forward (East Fife).Loan ended: Aaron Barry, defender (Sheffield United).Loan:Ally McKerracher, (Kilbirnie Ladeside); Joe Coleman, defender (Kilbirnie Ladeside)
In: Paul Hartley, manager (Alloa Athletic); Christian Nade, forward; Stephen Hughes, midfielder (East Fife); Sean Bonnett-Johnson, midfielder (Billericay Town).Loan: Adam Cummins, defender (Motherwell)
Out: John Brown, manager; James Thomson, defender; Gary Duggan, midfielder. Loan:James Reid, midfielder (Montrose)
In:Loan:Mark Miller, midfielder (Dundee United); Joe Chalmers, defender (Celtic); Mark Beck, forward (Carlisle United)
Out: Jay Fulton, midfielder (Swansea City, undisclosed); Craig Comrie, midfielder (Stirling Albion).Loan ended: Rakish Bingham, midfielder (Wigan Athletic).Loan: Kris Faulds, midfielder (Stenhousemuir)
In: Jason Scotland, forward (Barnsley). Loan:Paul George, midfielder (Celtic)
Out: Jon McShane, forward; Ryan Finnie, defender
In: Nejc Mevlja, defender (Maribor); Adam Mansour, goalkeeper (Auxerre); Kyle Jacobs, midfielder (Kilmarnock); Craig Sives, defender; Michal Habai, midfielder (Morton)
Out: Stefan Scougall, midfielder (Sheffield United, undisclosed); Coll Donaldson, defender (Queens Park Rangers, undisclosed); Jack Downie, midfielder (Berwick Rangers)
In: Rowan Vine, forward (Hibernian); David Robertson, midfielder (St Johnstone); Jamie McCormack, defender (Wigan Athletic); Darren Cole, defender (Rangers). Loan:Barrie McKay, midfielder (Rangers); Stuart Findlay, defender (Celtic)
Out: Nacho Novo, forward (Carlisle United); Mark McLaughlin, defender (Dumbarton); Kabba-Modou Cham, forward
Queen of the South
In: Mark Kerr, midfielder (Partick Thistle). Loan:Bob McHugh, forward (Motherwell); Zander Clark, goalkeeper (St Johnstone)
Out: Ryan McGuffie, defender; Daniel Orsi, midfielder.Loan:Calum Antell, goalkeeper (Brechin City)
In: Lee Robinson, goalkeeper (Ostersunds); Fraser Mullen, defender (Hibernian)