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Describing ways of buying and selling - thesaurus

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at cost

if you sell something at cost, you sell it for the same amount that you spent when you made it or bought it

block booking


an agreement to buy a large number of tickets at one time for a concert, play etc



buy one get one free: the practice of giving customers an extra product free each time they buy one product



used for saying that you pay an amount of money immediately when you buy something and will pay the rest later

first refusal


the opportunity to buy something before it is offered to anyone else



a method of selling in which the basic product is free, but customers pay for extra features

mail order


a way of buying goods in which you order them by post, telephone, or the Internet and they are posted to you

off the shelf

available to buy without being ordered or designed for a particular customer

on approval

if you buy something on approval, you can send it back within a particular time if you are not satisfied with it

on sale or return

an arrangement in which a shop can return to the wholesaler any goods that it is not able to sell

open market


a situation in which people can buy and sell things at a price that they agree on because there are no official rules about prices

part exchange


British a method of buying something new such as a car by giving your old one as part of the payment for the new one



relating to the sale of goods directly to the public for their own use

sight unseen

if you buy or accept something sight unseen, you do not see it first



British sale or return: an arrangement in which a shop can return any goods that it is not able to sell

wave and pay


a system of paying for small purchases by moving a credit card or mobile device in front of a special machine which automatically reads the information



business relating to the business of selling large quantities of goods, especially to people who are going to sell them in a shop



business if you sell goods wholesale, you sell them in large quantities, especially to people who are going to sell them in a shop



a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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