The term “commerce” is widely used and may be frequently encountered in the course of a person’s life, as generally being applied to economic transactions and activities dealing with finances in a number of forms. Commerce, which may also be referred to as commercial activities, has to do with the transfer of goods, as might be understood as the initial “life cycle” of a product.
People referring to business activities have long referred to the joint phrase of “commerce and industry,” with industry being the original creation, collection, or other kind of act which makes the product or service then available as an item of commerce.
Imbuing a product with the quality of being commercial can thus be understood in some cases as an action preceding that of commerce, in which the good is passed from the person who made or found it to the person who wishes to use it and is willing to pay a fee or render some other service in exchange.
Commercial activities have long been observed as a widespread aspect of human civilizations, though modern commerce, in terms of the dominant model for economic activities over the last few hundred years, have depended on currency as the motivator for commerce to take place, rather than barter-based systems.
Commerce is commonly phrased according to two basic models. A commercial transaction might be represented in terms of the good or service travelling from the person who creates it to the person who uses it. Alternately, commerce can be pictured, without the human participants, as the journey from origin to consumption.