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TARGET MARKET: The specific group of individuals who have been selected as the most likely potential buyers for products, ideas, or services. The company develops a marketing mix to satisfy this group of buyers. This group has been selected, after process of determining similar buying habits, attitudes, and other demographics, to be the best for purchasing the company’s product.

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CPSC: The abbreviation for the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is a regulatory agency formed by the Consumer Product Safety Act (1972). The CPSC is charged by Congress with -- (1) protecting the public against unreasonable risk, (2) developing uniform safety standards for consumer products, (3) helping consumers evaluate the safety of products, and (4) promoting research that will improve product safety. The Act is designed to protect the public from risk of injury from products not covered by other Acts. Products not included are tobacco, automobiles, aircraft, boats, drugs, and food to name a few. It is run by a five-member commission that has the authority to remove unsafe products from the stores. This five members are appointed by the President and may contain no more than three members from any one political party. This is one of the regulatory forces in the marketing environment.

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ORDINAL UTILITY

The notion that utility--the satisfaction of wants and needs achieved through the consumption of goods and services--is measured by a ranking of preferences (first, second, third, etc.) that are only comparable on a relative basis. Ordinal utility does not presume that satisfaction is a measurable characteristic of a person, like height or weight, that can be compared against an established benchmark. The contrasting notion is cardinal utility, which is based on a numerical standard.

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