Goods and services

Goods and services are the output of an economic system. Goods are tangible items sold to customers, while services are tasks performed for the benefit of the recipients. Examples of goods are automobiles, appliances, and clothing. Examples of services are legal advice, house cleaning, and consulting services. The output of a business can lie somewhere between these two concepts. For example, a landscaping company could sell a homeowner a tree (goods) and also mow the lawn (a service).

Businesses also receive goods and services, not just consumers.