Hello dear Teachers,
Please, explain the difference among 'consumer', 'customer', 'subscriber', and 'user'
The word consumer is the person who consumes , that means to use as food, fuel or the like examples:
Originally Posted by shoaib 1
People consume large quantities of meat every year.
The consumer should read the labels on the food products carefully.
Elephants consume about 250 k.g. of grass a day. They are great consumers of grass.
A small car consumes less fuel than a large one.
Our products will make the consumers happy.
customer on the other hand means the person who regularly deals with a certain shop. = buyer
Our shop has lots of very rich customers.
We lost some customers because our prices are high.
User is a peson who uses anything. You use yahoo or google, but you subscribe t a magazine, newspaper, etc. and usually pay money for it.
Road users should obey the traffic rules.
Subscribers to our newspaper will get ten free issues.
I hope I was of some help.
Ok.But in our country, sometmes, 'customer' and 'consumer' are used which is confusing. e.g.
Originally Posted by Mekdad
"Wapda(an electricity company) should facilitate its consumers"
I understand the meaning, but why not 'customer' in the above sentence?
I think consumer is used because we consume electricity meaning we are using the services provided by the electricity company. We do not use customer because we are not buying the electricity from the shops.
Last edited by sana618; 09-Nov-2010 at 15:01.
Reason: Had left out a part of the answer.
I think, in the context of the example given, either 'consumers' or 'customers' could be used. 'Consumer' is a broader term, the specific meaning of which is usually context-dependent.
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