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The activity of shopping

account

noun

an arrangement you have with a shop or other business that allows you to pay for goods or services later

account

noun

a record showing how much you owe a shop or other business for goods or services that you have received

acquisition

noun

the process of buying something or obtaining it in some other way

brand loyalty

noun

the tendency of customers to keep buying the same brand of a particular product instead of trying other brands

budget account

noun

an account with a bank, shop, or other organization that allows you to pay for something with regular small payments

cashback

noun

money from your bank account that you can get from a shop when you pay for goods with a debit card

caveat emptor

used for saying that when you buy something you are responsible for checking its quality

charge account

noun

an account that you have with a shop by which you buy goods with a charge card

charge card

noun

a plastic card that you get from a particular shop and use to buy its goods and pay for them later

click-and-collect

noun

a way of shopping where you order something online then collect it from a store or another convenient location

comparison-shop

verb

to compare prices and features of products for sale in different shops in order to find the best deal

conspicuous consumption

noun

the practice of buying expensive things to show people how rich you are

consumption

noun

the process of buying or using goods, or the amount that people buy or use

credit

noun

an arrangement to receive goods from a shop or money from a bank and pay for it later

custom

noun

the practice of buying goods or services from a particular shop or company

cybershopping

noun

shopping for goods and services on the Internet

firm offer

noun

a definite offer to buy something for a particular price

footfall

noun

the number of possible customers who visit a shop or business in a given period

handling charge

noun

extra money you pay to a shop or company for getting your goods ready and sending them to you

home shopping

noun

shopping in which you buy things at home using the phone, the post, or the Internet

indent

noun

an official order for goods

lay-by

noun

a method of buying goods from a shop by which a customer pays a small amount of money so that the shop will keep the goods for them until they pay the rest

loyal

adjective

continuing to use the products or services of a particular business

loyalty

noun

continued use of the products or services of a particular business

loyalty card

noun

a card given to customers of a supermarket or other business that gives them benefits such as price reductions

marketing

noun

shopping for food and drink

order form

noun

a form that you use to order goods from a company or shop, that has spaces where you write your name, address etc

panic buying

noun

a situation in which large numbers of people buy a product in large quantities because they are worried there is not enough of it available

procurement

noun

the process of buying supplies or equipment for a government department or company

purchase

noun

the process of buying something

retail therapy

noun

the activity of shopping in order to make yourself feel happier

shopping

noun

the activity of going to a shop to buy things

shopping

noun

involving shopping

shopping

noun

all of the things that you have bought in a shop, especially food and products for cleaning the house

shopping list

noun

a list of things that you want to buy

window-shopping

noun

the activity of looking at things in shop windows but not buying anything

browse

noun

showrooming

noun

a run on something

a situation in which a lot of people want to buy something at the same time

(I’m) just looking

used for telling someone who works in a shop that you do not yet know whether you want to buy anything

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