consumer goods

plural noun

Definition of consumer goods

: goods that directly satisfy human wants

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But Amazon has built its own formidable business, leveraging its dominant online marketplace for selling consumer goods. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Amazon Takes Market Cap Crown, Cementing Tech Power," 7 Jan. 2019 But here’s consumer goods company Procter & Gamble at CES 2019, showing off heated razors and a toothbrush that uses artificial intelligence. Matt O'brien, The Seattle Times, "CES 2019: Some TVs disappear, others quadruple screen resolution," 7 Jan. 2019 In an era of disposable consumer goods, using an older version of a technology is a punishment. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Why Does Everyone Love the Porsche 911?," 21 Dec. 2018 The ships have helped change global trade along the way, adding cheaper space for transporting electronics, apparel and other consumer goods across oceans. Costas Paris, WSJ, "With Container Ships Getting Bigger, Maersk Focuses on Getting Faster," 20 Dec. 2018 Two years ago, the government launched an unofficial campaign against South Korean consumer goods after Seoul decided to install a U.S. missile-defense system. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Huawei Row Roasts Canada Goose," 11 Dec. 2018 The country is one of the company’s biggest markets and its local subsidiary—Hindustan Unilever—is India’s biggest consumer goods company. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Unilever to Buy Horlicks, One of India’s Biggest Brands, From GSK," 3 Dec. 2018 The day may not be far off when drones will carry medicine to people in rural or remote areas, but the marketing hype around instant delivery of consumer goods looks more and more like just that — hype. Joseph Pisani, The Seattle Times, "Where are the drone deliveries? Amazon’s customers are still waiting," 3 Dec. 2018 Yet the recent stock-price drop for companies selling consumer goods is a sign to some investors that the recent volatility could continue. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Retailers Slump as Market Volatility Spreads," 15 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of consumer goods

1901, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of consumer goods

: products that people buy for personal use or for use at home

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Legal Definition of consumer goods

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