| #2 (permalink) Thu Feb 12, 2009 16:41 pm Difference between client, customer, guest, consumer
|A client, customer, and patron can be used interchangeably in almost any place that sells services.
A customer or a shopper is more often used in the places that sell goods (stores). I have never heard the store customers being called clients.
A guest is more often used in hotels, spas, and restaurants. (hospitality services)
A consumer is one that acquires goods or services for direct use or ownership rather than for resale or use in production and manufacturing. A consumer is an end user.
A customer, IMHO, is the most general term.
conĚtext - The part of a text or statement that surrounds a particular word or passage and determines its meaning.
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