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Consumer

An individual who purchases and uses products and services in contradistinction to manufacturers who produce the goods or services and wholesalers or retailers who distribute and sell them. A member of the general category of persons who are protected by state and federal laws regulating price policies, financing practices, quality of goods and services, credit reporting, debt collection, and other trade practices of U.S. commerce. A purchaser of a product or service who has a legal right to enforce any implied or express warranties pertaining to the item against the manufacturer who has introduced the goods or services into the marketplace or the seller who has made them a term of the sale.

consumer

noun buyer, buyer of labor, client, coemptor, customer, emptor, leaser, lessee, obtainer, patron, procurer, purchaser, purchaser of goods, shopper, transferee, vendee
Associated concepts: consumer action, consumer credit, consumer fraud, consumers sales tax, ultimate consumer
See also: client, customer, patron

consumer

normally (but not always) a customer who buys for personal use and not business purposes and who is accordingly treated differently in the law. See CONSUMER CREDIT, CONSUMER CREDIT AGREEMENT, UNFAIR CONTRACT TERMS.
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In the following, crucial concepts of active consumership are presented in a first step in order to identify common as well as differing characteristics of new roles for consumers.
Apart from active consumership relating to people's own use (e.
Consequently, the third dimension worth considering when identifying differences in active consumership is the sphere of action, that is, the role of consumers in everyday routine or as part of an innnovation process.
A fourth dimension is the constellation of actors involved in active consumership, that is, are the actors involved individual people (e.
Of course it had major advantages, but the tendency of product making and distribution led to self consumership.
Suisman argues that this sense of intimacy, reproducible simply by turning on the Victrola, ensured a lifetime investment with musical consumership and--so Victor hoped--loyalty to the Victor brand.
Birgit Blattel-Mink: Active Consumership as a Driver towards Sustainability?