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Client or customer?



TMMF
Portugal

Client or customer?
 
What ´s the difference between client and customer?
Can we use both words at the restaurant?
Thank you all dear friends!!!

18 Feb 2015      



shvat
Israel

A client is for business, and a customer is more for a store. So I ´d go for customer at a restaurant. 
At a hotel it ´s neither- you ´re a "guest". 

18 Feb 2015     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

Yes, a client is someone you do business with and a customer is someone you serve or who buys a finished product from you. 

18 Feb 2015     



pauldixon1986
Japan

Client is someone you do regular business with...
So for a restaurant - the restaurant would be a client IF they order the food from a food company.
But a person ordering food from the restaurant is a ´customer ´

Client and Customer have a similar meaning - but Client is formal... hence why it is used within companies and businesses...
Customer is more casual... so it is used in shops and restaurants...

Often a client is a person who spends a lot of money regularly - but a customer is someone who either make one large purchase, such as a car or computer, or they make make many small purchases like at a supermarket.

Summary
Client is formal - often used in large companies or businesses for people who make regular large purchases
 
Customer is casual - often used in shops, restaurants, (sometimes businesses) for small regular purchases, or one off large purchase

18 Feb 2015     



Apodo
Australia

Client is also used in this way:  
 
A person or organization using the services of a lawyer or other professional person or company: 
 
A person being dealt with by social or medical services:
a client referred for counselling
 

19 Feb 2015