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Difference between "merchandise" and "commodity" ?

 

Difference between "merchandise" and "commodity" ?

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    COMMODITY is

    1) a raw material or primary agricultural product that can be bought and sold, such as copper or coffee:

    e.g. Water is a precious commodity.
    The government increased prices on several basic commodities like bread and meat.

    2) a useful or valuable thing:

    e.g. Time is valuable commodity to us all.
    Labour is bought and sold like any other commodity.

    MERCHANDISE (use it with a singular verb)

    1) the commodities or goods that are bought and sold in business; commercial wares.

    General Merchandise is widely considered to be nonfood items. This may include cleaners, personal hygiene products, paper goods, seasonal items such as cards and decor, and auto/electrical items.

    NB: MERCHANDISE used as a noun is very rare.

    e.g. You would sell the merchandise at a cost you would determine.
    In addition, there is a shop to buy merchandise.
    Puzzle bus - offers a daily puzzle, books, software, and related merchandise.

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