40 Examples of Durable and Non-Durable Goods


A good is a tangible or intangible object produced in order to satisfy a need or desire and that has a certain economic value.

Economics classifies these goods into different categories. One of the most comprehensive is the division between capital goods (those used in the production of other goods) and consumer goods (whose destination is solely to satisfy the needs of users or consumers). The latter can be classified according to the time of use they are given in:

  • Durable consumer goods. They are those goods whose use occurs over an extended period of time and are used on a large number of occasions. They have a useful life of more than three years. Its cost is higher than that of non-durable consumer goods. For example: a motorcycle, an air conditioner.
  • Non-durable consumer goods. They are those goods that are consumed in a short time and used on a smaller number of occasions (some are only used once). Its cost is lower than that of durable consumer goods. For example: a candy, a pencil.

How long do the goods last?

The advancement of technology in the last century led to the appearance of more advanced products, appliances, cars and electronic devices with better and more functionalities. Globalization allows these products to arrive in record time to different parts of the globe.

The constant updating and improvement of these products means that the goods last less and less time in the hands of a consumer.

This is due, on the one hand, to planned obsolescence, that is, the useful life with which certain devices and appliances are programmed that give the product an expiration date planned by the manufacturer. What makes that, after that time, the device begins to fail. In many cases, it is cheaper and easier to buy a new product than to repair the broken one.

In addition, shortly after a new device is launched, it is obsolete for the market, due to the imminent launch of the new version.

For its part, fast fashion encourages the production of garments made on a large scale, with inputs and cheap labor. Which turns many clothes into non-durable goods.

Examples of Durable Goods

  1. Refrigerator
  2. TV
  3. Washing machine
  4. Ball
  5. Crockery
  6. Oven
  7. Helmet
  8. living place
  9. Guitar
  10. Armchair
  11. Toy
  12. Frame
  13. Car
  14. Ankle boots
  15. Jewels
  16. Boat
  17. Dishwasher
  18. Computer
  19. Chair
  20. Radio
  21. Air conditioning
  22. Jacket
  23. Footwear
  24. Book
  25. Vinyl
  26. Microwave oven

Examples of non-durable goods

  1. Meat
  2. Fish
  3. Gasoline
  4. Cake
  5. Alcoholic drinks
  6. Fruit
  7. Coffee
  8. Soda
  9. Notebook
  10. Medicine
  11. Makeup base
  12. Candy
  13. Candle
  14. Tobacco
  15. Deodorant
  16. Moisturizer
  17. Vegetable
  18. pen
  19. Conditioner
  20. Soap
  21. Detergent
  22. incense
  23. Window cleaner