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buy something (from someone) (for something)

to purchase something from someone at a particular price, or for a particular type of payment, such as for cash, for practically nothing, etc. I bought the car from Mark for a reasonable price. I bought it for a reasonable price from Mark.

buy something

Fig. to believe something someone says; to accept something to be a fact. It may be true, but I don't buy it. I just don't buy the idea that you can swim that far.


1. n. a purchase. Man, this is a great buy.
2. tv. to believe something. It sounds good to me, but will your wife buy it?
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The top power buyers are not just manufacturers, but retailers, transport operators, telcos and public sector buying groups.
Apart from public sector buying groups, the top gas buyers are in energy intensive sectors, such as chemicals and steel.
Gain insight into the buying power of the UKs top energy buyers and be provided with an estimate of the size of the market.
In gas, the largest buyers have even more buying power, through their extremely energy intensive sites.
It is gas buyers in energy intensive sectors that have the most buying power, through few, extremely high consumption sites.
Were prompt or flexible gas buyers, and now considering flexibility in power buying
TradeStone Software has been at the forefront of a bold new trend in global sourcing known as the Unified Buying Process, a strategic initiative that unites an organization's domestic and international purchasing.
The Unified Buying Process supports one view and business process for both international and domestic sourcing while addressing the growing imperative within organizations to directly source from an ever expanding global universe of vendors.
1) It is not atypical for a buyer to access up to eight such systems and maintain ten to twelve spreadsheets as part of the buying and sourcing process," said Paula Rosenblum, director of Retail Research at Aberdeen Group.
The Unified Buying Process consolidates these multiple systems for both sides, masking the underlying complexities that cross multiple systems and geographies--enabling one way of buying goods worldwide.
The TradeStone team identified a critical business need for a Unified Buying Process when working with leading retailers like American Eagle Outfitters and The Children's Place," said Sue Welch, CEO of TradeStone Software.
By implementing a Unified Buying Process, retailers can effectively leverage the margins that are currently being 'left on the table' by not directly and effectively sourcing internationally.
The TradeStone Unified Buying Engine: Pricing and Availability
The TradeStone Unified Buying Engine enables retailers to truly implement a Unified Buying Process.
For more information about the Unified Buying Engine and TradeStone Suite visit www.