good (goods)

(noun) Anything that people find, grow, or make that is then bought, sold, or traded to satisfy needs or wants.


  • A basket weaver produces a basket then sells it. The basket weaver uses the money from the sale to buy food. The basket and the food are both goods.
  • Gold is a found good and sold to make jewelry.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: goods
  • The terms good and commodity are often used interchangeably, but while commodities can be sold as is they are often used as raw materials to build goods.
  • Typically coupled with services and written as goods and services when discussing economic matters.
  • Also called:
    • trade good
    • ware

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Works Consulted

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. 5th ed. 2011. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Farlex. (N.d.) Dictionary, Encyclopedia and Thesaurus. Farlex. (

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Scott, John, and Gordon Marshall. 2005. A Dictionary of Sociology. New York: Oxford University Press.

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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

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