I am writing a poster listing:

  • in the first column: items I have to offer
  • in the middle column: items I want
  • in a third (rightmost) column: items I know my friends want

The header of the first column is 'Offering', the middle header is 'Seeking'.

Is there a nice concise word for buying an item for future resale I can use for the third column?

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    If you are seeking items listed in both the second and third columns, why list them separately? Do people seeing the poster need to know the difference? Nov 16, 2014 at 19:54
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    You might call it speculation. But I agree with jwpat7 they don't need to know why you want it.
    – Jim
    Nov 16, 2014 at 23:12
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    I always thinking of concession as a third-party business physically located on your premises, but which is unrelated to your own business. If that doesn't work, an alternative is consignment.
    – Dan Bron
    Nov 16, 2014 at 23:19
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    If you're intending to imply in the third column that you may or may not be interested in the items due to the indirect nature of the desire, you may want to indicate that equivocal nature in the title, such as "Considering". Dec 17, 2014 at 9:43
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    "Stockpiling" might work, given its sense of "accumulating a reserve of something," to paraphrase the Merriam-Webster definition of stockpile. Later on, the stockpiled material may be used, resold, or otherwise disposed of.
    – Sven Yargs
    May 7, 2015 at 21:38

5 Answers 5


Investing means to buy something for future resell

brokering / trading can mean to act as a middleman in a transaction

Regifting is trading an item that you do not wish to keep

  • regifting only applies if you were originally given the item as a gift. So it doesn't apply if you're buying the item.
    – Barmar
    Nov 17, 2014 at 16:53

Reselling? It doesn't capture that is a future activity compared with the current offering and seeking but keeps the same part of speech.


I think trade may fit your context both as a noun and a verb:

  • The business of buying and selling commodities, products, or services; commerce.

  • To engage in buying and selling for profit. (AHD)


If two words would be ok, how about "also wanted?" Or perhaps "acquiring" or "collecting"?

These options convey the sense that these items in this category have a lower priority, or that your need is less pressing. They don't specify what you intend to do with the stuff, but they do leave your options open.


As Josh61 mentioned, trade is the word you need. Alternatively, you can also use barter.

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