Merchandise vs Trading - What's the difference?

merchandise | trading |

As verbs the difference between merchandise and trading

is that merchandise is while trading is .

As an adjective trading is

carrying on trade or commerce; engaged in trade.

As a noun trading is

the carrying on of trade.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



Alternative forms

* merchandize , merchaundise (obsolete),merchaundize (obsolete)


  • (uncountable) Commodities offered for sale.
  • ''good business depends on having good merchandise
  • (countable) A commodity offered for sale; an article of commerce; a kind of merchandise.
  • (uncountable) The act or business of trading; trade; traffic.
  • Usage notes

    * Adjectives often applied to "merchandise": returned, used, damaged, stolen, assorted, lost, promotional, industrial, cheap, expensive, imported, good, inferior.


    * wares * product


  • (archaic) To engage in trade; to carry on commerce.
  • (Francis Bacon)
  • To engage in in-store promotion of the sale of goods, as by display and arrangement of goods.
  • He started his career merchandising in a small clothing store chain.
  • (archaic) To engage in the trade of.
  • To engage in in-store promotion of the sale of.
  • He got hired to merchandise some new sporting goods lines.
  • To promote as if for sale.
  • The record companies don't get as good a return on merchandising artists under contract.


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  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Carrying on trade or commerce; engaged in trade.
  • a trading company
  • (obsolete, rare) Frequented by traders.
  • * Milton
  • they on the trading flood
  • (obsolete) venal; corrupt; jobbing
  • a trading politician


  • The carrying on of trade.
  • * Bible, Revelations
  • But thy riches and thy tradings , thy merchandise, and they who trade thy traffic, shall fall into the heart of the seas

    Derived terms

    * program trading (Webster 1913)