I'm trying to retag some questions (such as this one) on the Board Game Stack Exchange, and the only good tag I can think of is "Selling".

But that seems inefficient, and a word that covers both buying and selling would be more useful to the site. The first word I thought of was transaction but that doesn't seem to cover it.

Someone has suggested to me business, but again it doesn't sound like it works in the context.

Is there not a single word (or a phrase shorter than 25 characters) for this?

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    How about trading? Commented Oct 26, 2012 at 21:53
  • 3
    Maybe "Commerce".
    – GEdgar
    Commented Oct 26, 2012 at 21:55
  • Does that cover selling/buying with money? It feels more like it is more suited to swapping one item for another. Commented Oct 26, 2012 at 21:55
  • WTO = World Trade Organization. The people who buy and sell stocks for a living at the NY Stock Exchange are called traders, not swappers.
    – user21497
    Commented Oct 26, 2012 at 23:02
  • WTO would be traitors, not traders. ;)
    – Sun
    Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 16:32

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My first thought when I saw “buying and selling” was trading (independently of coleopterist. The verb trade covers both bartering (trading when both parties put forth goods or services) and buying/selling (trading when one of the parties puts forth money).

In context, this seems to be specifically about evaluating the price. I believe the term generally used in this domain is appraisal; valuation or pricing are used with a similar meaning in other communities.

  • Appraisal has a nice ring to it. Commented Oct 26, 2012 at 22:04

The word you seek is 'commerce'.

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    Could you explain why? Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 16:47
  • Hi LLD. This is a good answer, but, as the OP has mentioned, it would be best accompanied by a cited dictionary definition.
    – Dog Lover
    Commented Jun 26, 2015 at 0:31

The role of procurement (one of the professional terms for purchasing and selling) is to find a sustainable supply of goods at a reasonable price.


Arbitrage may be the word you are looking for.

  • 2
    Arbitrage seems to encompass more than just buying and selling.
    – deadly
    Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 12:42
  • 3
    And also to not cover much that is covered by buying and selling either.
    – Jon Hanna
    Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 12:50

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