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To sell something - thesaurus

Synonyms

disintermediate

verb

to remove middlemen such as retailers from a supply chain by providing goods and services directly to the consumer

mis-sell

verb

to sell something, especially a financial product, to someone who does not need it and often cannot use it

upsell

verb

to persuade a customer to buy more of a product or a more expensive product than they had intended

sell

verb

to exchange something for money

retail

verb

to sell goods directly to the public for their own use

peddle

verb

to sell something on the street or by going to customers, rather than in a shop

auction

verb

to sell something at an auction

stock

verb

if a shop stocks goods, it has them available for sale

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bundle

verb

to sell two or more things together as a single product

capitalise

a British spelling of capitalize

capitalize

verb

business to sell something you own for money that you need

carry

verb

if a shop carries goods or products, it has them for sale

distribute

verb

to supply goods from one central place to shops

do a roaring trade (in something)

to sell large quantities of something in a short period of time

dump

verb

business to sell goods at a very low price in a foreign country in order to keep prices higher in your own country

flog

verb

informal to sell

franchise

verb

to sell someone the right to sell your goods or services in a particular place

have

verb

used for saying that a person, shop, hotel etc can offer you something to buy or use

hawk

verb

to sell goods in the streets or by knocking on people’s doors

hock

verb

informal to sell something to a pawnbroker (=someone who lends money in exchange for objects).

launch

verb

to start selling a new product or service to the public

let something go for something

if you let something go for a particular amount of money, you agree to sell it for that amount

merchandise

verb

formal to try to make people want to buy something by using methods such as designing interesting covers or containers, arranging products a particular way in shops etc

move

verb

informal to get rid of something by selling it

outsell

verb

to sell more of something than another company or person does

overbook

verb

to sell more tickets than you have available

package

verb

to sell several things together as one single product

parcel off

to divide something into smaller parts that are easier to sell

pawn off

to persuade someone to buy or accept something that you do not want, especially something of low quality

peddle

verb

to sell something illegal or harmful, especially drugs

peddler

noun

mainly journalism someone who sells something illegal or harmful, especially drugs

penetrate a market

to succeed in selling products in a market

presell

verb

to agree to sell a house, car, or other product before it is available

push

verb

informal to sell illegal drugs

reissue

verb

to sell a book, CD, DVD etc again that has not been available to buy for a while

resell

verb

to sell something that you previously bought

scalp

verb

American to tout tickets

sell

verb

to persuade someone to buy something from a business that employs you

sell

verb

a shop that sells a particular product has a supply of it for customers to buy

sell off

to sell something quickly and for a low price, usually because you need money

sell on

to sell something after buying it from someone else

sell out

if a shop sells out of something, it sells all that it has so that there is no more available

shift

verb

informal to sell something

syndicate

verb

to sell newspaper articles, photographs, television programmes etc to organizations so that they can be published or shown in many different places

tout

verb

British to sell tickets for an event such as a sports match or concert for more money than their real price

trade down

to sell something in order to buy something of the same kind that is less expensive

trade up

to sell something in order to buy something of the same kind that is more expensive

transfer

verb

British to sell a professional sports player to another team

unbundle

verb

to sell related products and services separately, rather than as one unit

vend

verb

formal to sell something

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