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Economics for Kids: Learn About Goods and Services

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Economics is a field that is concerned with buying, selling, and money. Goods and services are important concepts in economics. You and your parents purchase goods and services on a regular basis. People sell various kinds of goods and services. You and your parents pay money to buy them.

When you go to the toy store to get a toy, you are buying a good. Whenever you go to the hair salon to get your haircut, you are purchasing a service. Your toy is a tangible good but the haircut you received is intangible. So, what exactly are the differences between goods and services?

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Food is a good

Food is a good


Goods are things we can touch like toys, furniture, books, coal, clothes, food, and electronics. So, the things you eat and wear are goods.

Goods are often called physical goods because you can actually touch them. Grocery stores, electronics stores, hardware stores, and clothing stores all specialize in selling physical goods.

When you go to a toy store, you trade money for your toy. Trading is the buying and selling of goods and services.

Dentists provide a service

Dentists provide a service


People also buy and sell services. Services are things that are done for you. When you get a haircut, you are buying a service. When your parents pay someone to wash the car, they are buying a service.

There are lots of service providers like doctors, dentists, lawyers, accountants, babysitters, and house painters. Services are also called intangible goods.

Tangible and Intangible

Goods are called tangible because you can touch them. You can give a good to someone else. A book is tangible because you can hold it or give it to a friend.

Services are called intangible. You can’t touch them. You can’t give them to someone else. A haircut is intangible because you can’t hold it. You can’t give your haircut to a friend. If you buy songs, movies, or books for download from the Internet, they are also considered to be intangible because you can't actually touch or hold them. They aren't physical objects.

Tangible versus intangible

Tangible versus intangible

Consumer and Capital Goods

Consumer goods are the "final" goods purchased by customers. When you buy a toy, that's a good in its final or end form.

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Capital goods are things used to produce goods and services. Your toy had to be made in a factory. The factory purchased the capital goods needed to make your toy. Plastic is often used to make toys. Factories have to buy the plastic they use to make toys.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 JoanCA


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WILLIAM on May 06, 2019:

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JoanCA (author) on February 11, 2013:

Thanks rfmoran. These are useful basics for kids to learn.

Russ Moran - The Write Stuff from Long Island, New York on February 11, 2013:

too bad you can't travel back in time to give this hub to all members of congress as well as the administration. I'm sharing this with my grandkids.

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