merchandise

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v merchandise engage in the trade of "he is merchandising telephone sets"
    • n merchandise commodities offered for sale "good business depends on having good merchandise","that store offers a variety of products"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The concept of Boxing Day, which is on December 26th, was to give boxes of food and clothing to the poor. It is now viewed in some countries as a time to get merchandise from stores at reduced prices
    • Merchandise The act or business of trading; trade; traffic.
    • Merchandise The objects of commerce; whatever is usually bought or sold in trade, or market, or by merchants; wares; goods; commodities.
    • v. t Merchandise To make merchandise of; to buy and sell. "Love is merchandised ."
    • v. i Merchandise To trade; to carry on commerce.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Since 1978, at least 37 people have died as a result of shaking vending machines, in an attempt to get free merchandise. More than 100 people have been injured
    • n merchandise In general, any movable object of trade or traffic; that which is passed from hand to hand by purchase and sale: specifically, the objects of commerce; a commercial commodity or commercial commodities in general; the staple of a mercantile business; commodities, goods, or wares bought and sold for gain. Real property, ships, money, stocks, and bonds are not merchandise, nor are notes or other mere representatives or measures of actual commodities or values.
    • n merchandise Purchase and sale; trade; bargain; traffic; dealing, or advantage from dealing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Jayne Mansfield decorated her "Pink Palace" by writing to 1,500 furniture and building suppliers and asking for free samples. She told the donors they could then brag that their goods were in her outlandish mansion. The pitch worked, and Jayne received over $150,000 worth of free merchandise.
    • n Merchandise goods bought and sold for gain:
    • n Merchandise (B. and Shak.) trade: dealing
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Quotations

  • Chow Yun-Fat
    Chow Yun-Fat
    “An actor is only merchandise.”
  • William S. Burroughs
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    “Junk is the ideal product... the ultimate merchandise. No sales talk necessary. The client will crawl through a sewer and beg to buy.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. marchandise, OF. marcheandise,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. marchand.

Usage

In literature:

Perhaps even now this jointed merchandise was only worth two hundred pounds!
"The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories" by Arnold Bennett
The city is only three miles from the sea on the banks of a fine river, by which a great deal of merchandise is imported.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume VII" by Robert Kerr
Asking me what merchandise we had in our ship, I gave him an account of the whole.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. VIII." by Robert Kerr
No one shall sell merchandise to another and then buy back the same merchandise within three months at a lower price.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
If we turn to exports of merchandise, the statistics are full of gratification.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, Volume IX." by Benjamin Harrison
I agree that the measure of success is not merchandise but character.
"Have faith in Massachusetts; 2d ed." by Calvin Coolidge
Nicolayevsk is a free port of entry, and there are no duties upon merchandise anywhere in Siberia east of Lake Baikal.
"Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life" by Thomas Wallace Knox
They think they will be Rufus Choates in the law, or Drapers in chemistry, or A.T. Stewarts in merchandise.
"New Tabernacle Sermons" by Thomas De Witt Talmage
There they were wont to capture the Chinese vessels that bring food and merchandise to the said islands.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898" by E. H. Blair
They deal openly in merchandise of the above-mentioned articles, as well as in those of China, in the trade with Nueva Espana.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898" by E. H. Blair
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In poetry:

Far-riding argosies that go
With bearded men and strong
To the world's ends for merchandise
And come back — bearing Song!
"A Shining Ship" by Harry Kemp
How these two yeomen together they mett,
Under the leaves of lyne,
To see what merchandise they made
Even at that same time.
"Robin Hood And Guy Of Gisborne" by Anonymous British
Wisdom divine! Who tells the price
Of wisdom's costly merchandise
Wisdom to silver we prefer,
And gold is dross compared to her.
"Hymn XIV: Happy the Man That Finds the Grace" by Charles Wesley
“Down in the deep, with freight and crew,
Past any help she lies,
And never a bale has come to shore
Of all thy merchandise.”
"Winstanley" by Jean Ingelow
Love is too kind, I see, and can
Make but a simple merchant-man.
'Twas for such sorry merchandise
Bold painters have put out his eyes.
"Charitas Nimia; or, The Dear Bargain" by Richard Crashaw
Three pedlers traveling to a fair, To see the fun and what was there,
And sell their merchandise; They stopp'd upon the road to chat,
Refresh, and ask of this and that,
That they might be more wise.
"A Commentary On The Eastern Wise Men, Travelling To Bethlehem, Guided" by Thomas Paine

In news:

Glen Raven has hired Marica Blake as custom fabrics merchandise manager, a new position created to promote the outdoor room concept at retail.
The chain has changed everything from its pricing strategy and store layout to its exclusive merchandise lines, all thanks to chief executive Ron Johnson, who was hired away from Apple.
Less than a week after the trade announcement was made, Tim Tebow Jets merchandise hit area stores.
Walmart US stores has signed an agreement with consumer research firm NPD Group to provide data for its general merchandise categories.
However, unseasonably warm weather in some parts of the country spurred demand for spring merchandise , said Redbook analyst Catlin Levis.
One Fresno store has raised thousands of dollars through sales of this unique merchandise .
No Place Like Home Habitats should be considered a merchandising tool along with displays, social media and coupon promotions.
On Oct 14 a couple of individuals entered a convenience store in Mesquite and committed a theft of tobacco and other store merchandise.
I noticed that the College Licensing Company has released its list of the top 75 universities in merchandise sales for 2009.
It was named Mincer 's Pipe Shop for several years, citing the declining popularity of smoking, Mincer 's stopped selling tobacco products altogether and shifted its focus instead to Uva-themed merchandise in 1993.
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Kmart's merchandising challenges in food and general merchandise may be too steep for the retailer to overcome, observers said.
National Automatic Merchandising Association Released June 15, 2012.
Braintree, MA — Avonhome Fashions is currently launching a new merchandising program for table linens it calls, "Where Do You Eat".
I put on five sessions in three days for dealers speaking on my favorite topic: merchandising.
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In science:

Piotrowski, J. S ladkowski, The merchandising mathematician model, Physica A, in press; cond-mat/0102174.
Fixed point theorem for simple quantum strategies in quantum market games
According to the amount of merchandise required and the price proposed by the buyer, the seller may accept the proposal, refuse it or try to negotiate a new price by sending a contractProposal message back to the buyer.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
In our example, the merchandise to be exchanged are oranges, with minimum and maximum price 1 and 2 euro respectively.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
Buyer,Merchandise,Required-amount) The seller agent delivers the Required-amount of Merchandise to the Buyer. send(Sender,Receiver,Message) Sender sends Message to Receiver.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
Merchandise)=Min The minimum price the seller is willing to take under consideration for Merchandise is Min. max-price(Merchandise)=Max The price for Merchandise that the seller accepts without negotiation is equal or greater than Max.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
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