Can someone explain to me is there a difference between "product" and "article" terms?

EDIT: For example: When the T-Shirt is "product" and when "article" ?

  • Could you give some more context? Are you refering to items you find in a store? – Lars Mekes Feb 6 '18 at 15:31
  • Yes. Something like that. For example: When the T-Shirt is "product" and when "article" ? – user69390 Feb 6 '18 at 15:48
  • You should edit that extra information into your question, so it is easier to answer and has a smaller chance of getting closed. – Lars Mekes Feb 6 '18 at 15:55

A product is something that it produced, normally in a commercial environment. In the past products were almost always physical objects, but now they can be notional (eg a television programme, a business strategy).

An article is an object, usually a physical object. Many articles are products (eg T shirts, televisions). Some are not (eg wild plants, cliffs) .

So, many things are both an article and a product, some are only one of the two. A T-shirt is almost certainly both. When you refer to it as a product you are implicitly mentioning the fact that it is produced and (probably) sold. When you call it an article, you are not doing this.

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  • Consider stores which sell non-manufactured (produced) articles, such as a nursery which sells plans and flowers. Would you consider these plants to be products, even though they were not "produce" in the same sense as a T-shirt? I'm trying to decide whether it's the act of selling an article which makes it a product, or whether its "productness" is determined by how the article came into existence. – Leif Jun 21 '19 at 12:54
  • @Leif: interesting question. I don't think I would refer to such plants as "products", but I have no doubt that some marketing people would. – Colin Fine Jun 21 '19 at 15:01

In fashion you have to differentiate between 3 states of an article

  1. The product (it's "the t-shirt")
  2. The article (it's "the t-shirt in color red")
  3. The SKU / Stock keeping unit (it's "the t-shirt ins color red in size Medium")
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  • Colin's answer is correct in the general usage of the terms - it is not wrong. Your answer provides useful additional information regarding the specifics of the rag trade. – Chenmunka Apr 25 at 17:06
  • @Chenmunka nope - the answer is wrong! The question was "Whats the difference in product and articles, when talking about Fashion / shirts. Therefore the answer is, as given by me. Everything else, especially "many things are both" is absolutely wrong. As wrong as possible! Check like amazon, zalando, middleware plattforms,... it's ALWAYS as I've shown. Not an additional information. it's THE information. – Fabs Jun 12 at 23:23
  • SKU is more like a number or bar code—a representation of some object of phenomenon—than an actual thing. – Cromax Aug 27 at 7:51

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