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- Created 2012-03-02
is a term which describes the
. The buyer places an order for the desired products with the merchant through some remote method such as through a telephone call or
. Then, the products are delivered to the customer. The products are typically delivered directly to an address supplied by the customer, such as a home address, but occasionally the orders are delivered to a nearby
location for the customer to pick up. Some merchants also allow the goods to be shipped directly to a third party consumer, which is an effective way to send a gift to an out-of-town recipient.
mail order catalogue
is a publication containing a list of general
from a company. Companies who publish and operate mail order catalogues are referred to as cataloguers within the industry. Cataloguers buy or manufacture goods then market those goods to prospects (prospective customers). Many cataloguers, just as with most
s, are increasingly buying goods from
. Cataloguers "rent" names from
s. The catalogue itself is published in a similar fashion as any magazine publication and distributed through a variety of means, usually via a
and the internet.
Sometimes supermarket products do mail order promotions, whereby people can send in the
plus shipping and handling to get a product made especially for the company.
Few things are not available through mail order.
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Nystrom, Paul Henry. Chapter XIV, "The Mail Order House," ''The Economics of Retailing''. New York: Ronald Press, 1915.
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