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consumer

1. a person who acquires goods and services for his or her own personal needs
2. Ecology an organism, esp an animal, within a community that feeds upon plants or other animals

consumer

[kən′süm·ər]
(ecology)
A nutritional grouping in the food chain of an ecosystem, composed of heterotrophic organisms, chiefly animals, which ingest other organisms or particulate organic matter.

consumer

The average user in contrast to the professional user. Consumer products vary in quality, ranging from flimsy, inexpensive devices to very well made; however, the term implies non-professional usage. See prosumer and consumer electronics.
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Then, Americans can behave like real consumers, buying medical care like they buy auto insurance.
com), for example, is a nationwide specialty consumer reporting agency that collects and reports information regarding insurance claims, employment, and tenant history.
What we're suggesting is that all suppliers need to become involved in some way in consumer research.
Today, the Internet has transformed the way consumer health information is distributed and who has access to it.
FROM: Joanne Wilson Commissioner SUBJECT: Consumer Organizations: Important Resources for VR Agencies
Each segment of the dairy industry is strongly influenced by consumer demand.
As some developing countries boomed during the 1990s, they germinated millions of new middle- and upper-class consumers who had more capital and more desire to purchase consumer goods and their own homes.
Although the Provider Liability Law does not create an affirmative duty on TSPs to police their networks, TSPs face liability if they intentionally ignore consumer complaints and fail to take action to address such complaints.
In Sowing the American Dream, David Blanke argues that rural Midwesterners developed a distinctive consumer ethos during the nineteenth century.
29, by SAFE, a group she founded, and her paid appearance as a consumer consultant on the "Today" Show on Jan.
The shock was most evident in consumer markets, as many potential purchasers stayed riveted to their televisions and away from shopping malls.
Complying with federally-mandated legalese, meanwhile, would impose high costs on online vendors, which would either pass costs on to consumers, or in the case of smaller businesses, price them out of the market, thereby reducing consumer choice.