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Old 07-13-2007, 03:43 PM   #16
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to me,

"customer" is a more generic term.... I work for a company that provides a web-based service and I still often refer to our clients as "customers".

"client", as has been mentioned, is more appropriately used for a person (or company) that purchases services rather than goods.

people who sell goods use "client" anyway if they want to imply that there was some kind of value-add that the salesperson or creator of the goods gave to the deal.

so, a checker at a grocery store would service "customers" (I'm buying a pound of potatoes and some cans of tomato sauce)

but a milliner might refer to the people buying their hats as "clients", especially if there was creative effort expended on behalf of a particular person's requirements (make me a hat with a vulture head and purple petunias)

If a grocer were to start refering to their customers as clients, I'd consider it to be kind of silly or pretentious (oh, no sir, not *those* potatoes... you need to buy super-yukon-gold potatoes and that tomato sauce is no good... get this other organic imported-from-italy stuff for $5/can)
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Old 07-13-2007, 03:50 PM   #17
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and how do you call the company that gives you an assignment when you're needed as consultant?
someone translated it as "initiator" but that looks kind of weird..
"Placement Agency" ?
or just "Agency"
maybe Recruiter?

not sure about "initiator" it might be a British usage
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Old 07-13-2007, 04:51 PM   #18
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not sure about "initiator" it might be a British usage
take that back tubes!



i dunno, this 'client' thing is really getting out of hand, i know english teachers who call their students 'clients' and it just sounds wanky to me, although i do have to grudgingly admit that it fits the 'goods/services' definition.

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Old 07-18-2007, 06:21 AM   #19
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my CV made it through the 1st round, woo hoooo!

thanks for all your help people!!
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Old 07-18-2007, 07:20 AM   #20
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my CV made it through the 1st round, woo hoooo!
Cool! Congrats. You go girl!

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Old 07-18-2007, 10:31 AM   #21
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Oooh, excellent! What type of world domination are you applying for?
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