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Goods vs. Merchandise: What's the Difference?

Edited by Sumera Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on October 20, 2023
Goods refer to tangible items that are produced or manufactured for sale, while merchandise pertains specifically to goods bought and sold in retail.

Key Differences

Goods is a broad term that encapsulates any tangible items made available for use or sale. Merchandise, conversely, zeroes in on goods that are available in the retail market for purchase.
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For instance, a factory producing electronics is creating goods. When these products reach a retail store and are displayed for sale, they become merchandise.
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Goods can encompass a wide variety of items, not limited to those in retail. It can be raw materials, machinery, or even agricultural products. Merchandise specifically denotes items presented for sale in stores, online platforms, or other retail outlets.
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The sale of goods can take place at any level: wholesale, retail, or directly from the manufacturer. On the other hand, merchandise usually implies a retail context, where consumers are the end buyers.
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Both goods and merchandise have significant roles in commerce. Goods serve as the foundation, while merchandise is the specialized subset geared towards end consumers.
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Comparison Chart

Definition

Tangible items produced or manufactured
Goods bought and sold in retail
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Context

Broad; encompasses many types of tangible products
Specifically retail-oriented
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Scope

Wider
Narrower
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Sale Level

Can be wholesale, retail, or direct
Typically retail
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Example

Raw materials, machinery, agricultural products
Clothing, gadgets, and accessories in stores
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Goods and Merchandise Definitions

Goods

Commodities or items in trade.
The trade agreement allowed for the free movement of goods.
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Merchandise

Wares or commodities for sale.
The exclusive merchandise attracted many customers.
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Goods

Products or items manufactured or produced.
The factory produces leather goods.
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Merchandise

Tangible items for retail trade.
The merchandise was discounted during the sale.
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Goods

Being positive or desirable in nature; not bad or poor
A good experience.
Good news from the hospital.
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Merchandise

Goods for sale in stores or online.
The store displayed new merchandise this season.
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Goods

Having the qualities that are desirable or distinguishing in a particular thing
A good exterior paint.
A good joke.
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Merchandise

Items particularly in retail business.
They have a wide variety of merchandise on their website.
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Goods

Serving the desired purpose or end; suitable
Is this a good dress for the party?.
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Merchandise

Goods bought and sold in business; commercial wares.
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Goods

Not spoiled or ruined
The milk is still good.
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Merchandise

To buy and sell (goods).
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Goods

In excellent condition; sound
A good tooth.
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Merchandise

To promote the sale of, as by advertising or display
Merchandised a new product.
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Goods

Superior to the average; satisfactory
A good student.
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Merchandise

To buy and sell goods; trade commercially.
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Goods

Used formerly to refer to the US Government grade of meat higher than standard and lower than choice.
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Merchandise

(uncountable) Goods which are or were offered or intended for sale.
Good business depends on having good merchandise.
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Goods

Of high quality
Good books.
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Merchandise

(uncountable) Commercial goods connected (branded) with an entity such as a team, band, company, charity, work of fiction, festival, or meme. merch.}}
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Goods

Discriminating
Good taste.
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Merchandise

A commodity offered for sale; an article of commerce; a kind of merchandise.
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Goods

Of moral excellence; upright
A good person.
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Merchandise

The act or business of trading; trade; traffic.
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Goods

Benevolent; kind
A good soul.
A good heart.
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Merchandise

To engage in trade; to carry on commerce.
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Goods

Loyal; staunch
A good Republican.
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Merchandise

(intransitive) To engage in in-store promotion of the sale of goods, as by display and arrangement of goods.
He started his career merchandising in a small clothing store chain.
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Goods

Well-behaved; obedient
A good child.
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Merchandise

To engage in the trade of.
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Goods

Socially correct; proper
Good manners.
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Merchandise

(transitive) To engage in in-store promotion of the sale of.
He got hired to merchandise some new sporting goods lines.
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Goods

Worthy of respect; honorable
Ruined the family's good name.
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Merchandise

(transitive) To promote as if for sale.
The record companies don't get as good a return on merchandising artists under contract.
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Goods

Attractive; handsome
Good looks.
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Merchandise

The objects of commerce; whatever is usually bought or sold in trade, or market, or by merchants; wares; goods; commodities.
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Goods

Beneficial to health; salutary
A good night's rest.
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Merchandise

The act or business of trading; trade; traffic.
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Goods

Competent; skilled
A good machinist.
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Merchandise

To trade; to carry on commerce.
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Goods

Complete; thorough
A good workout.
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Merchandise

To make merchandise of; to buy and sell.
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Goods

Reliable; sure
A good investment.
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Merchandise

Commodities offered for sale;
Good business depends on having good merchandise
That store offers a variety of products
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Goods

Valid or true
A good reason.
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Merchandise

Engage in the trade of;
He is merchandising telephone sets
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Goods

Genuine; real
A good dollar bill.
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Merchandise

Stock of goods in a store.
The shop owner reordered merchandise for the upcoming holiday.
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Goods

In effect; operative
A warranty good for two years.
A driver's license that is still good.
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Goods

Ready or able for a specified or assumed activity
I'm good for another round of golf.
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Goods

Able to pay or contribute
Is she good for the money that you lent her?.
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Goods

Able to elicit a specified reaction
He is always good for a laugh.
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Goods

Ample; substantial
A good income.
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Goods

Bountiful
A good table.
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Goods

Full
It is a good mile from here.
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Goods

Pleasant; enjoyable
Had a good time at the party.
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Goods

Propitious; favorable
Good weather.
A good omen.
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Goods

Landing within bounds or within a particular area of a court and therefore in play
The first serve was wide, but the second was good.
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Goods

Passing between the uprights of the goal and therefore scoring, as a field goal in football.
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Goods

Used to form exclamatory phrases expressing surprise or dismay
Good heavens! Good grief!.
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Goods

Something that is good.
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Goods

A good, valuable, or useful part or aspect.
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Goods

Welfare; benefit
For the common good.
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Goods

Goodness; virtue
There is much good to be found in people.
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Goods

A product that is bought and sold
Frozen goods.
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Goods

Goods Portable personal property.
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Goods

(used with a sing. or pl. verb) Fabric; material.
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Goods

Goods(Slang) Incriminating information or evidence
Tried to get the goods on the crook.
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Goods

Well.
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Goods

Plural of good
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Goods

That which is produced, then traded, bought or sold, then finally consumed.
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Goods

Freight, as opposed to passengers.
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Goods

Something authentic, important, or revealing.
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Goods

(slang) The female body, especially when seen as desirable.
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Goods

(slang) The male genitals.
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Goods

Articles of commerce
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Goods

Tangible items for use or sale.
The farmer had an abundance of goods after the harvest.
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Goods

Articles of commerce.
The freight truck was loaded with goods.
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Goods

All movable property.
The thief was caught stealing goods from the warehouse.
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FAQs

Can a service be called merchandise?

No, merchandise refers specifically to tangible items for sale.
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Is merchandise always in a retail context?

Mostly, merchandise is used in a retail context, indicating goods for sale to consumers.
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Are digital products considered goods or merchandise?

They can be merchandise when sold in retail, but they're not tangible, so not traditionally "goods".
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Can goods also refer to intangible items?

Typically, goods are tangible. Intangible items are usually referred to as services or assets.
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Can farm produce be considered goods?

Yes, farm produce are tangible and can be considered goods.
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Can a hand-crafted item be considered goods?

Yes, hand-crafted items are tangible and can be labeled as goods.
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Is there a difference in quality implied between goods and merchandise?

Not necessarily. Both terms refer to the nature of items and their context, not their quality.
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Are all merchandise considered goods?

Yes, all merchandise are goods, but not all goods are merchandise.
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Are unsold items in a store still called merchandise?

Yes, as long as they're presented for sale in a retail setting, they're merchandise.
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Does merchandise always mean new items?

No, merchandise can be new or second-hand items available for retail sale.
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Can goods be used for personal use and not for sale?

Yes, goods can be for personal use or for sale, while merchandise typically implies intent to sell.
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Are digital downloads considered merchandise?

They can be termed merchandise in a retail context, but are not tangible "goods".
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Does merchandise include only physical stores?

No, merchandise includes items for sale both in physical stores and online platforms.
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When does goods turn into merchandise?

Goods typically become merchandise when they're presented for sale in a retail environment.
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Can a business dealing in machinery call its products merchandise?

While technically they are goods, if they are sold in a retail setting, they can be termed merchandise.
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