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§ 393. “For Consumption.”

“Consumption” is a term of Economics, applied to denote the absorption, by use, of all kinds of wealth. It is the converse of production; production having reference to the creation of wealth, and consumption to its utilization. “As production is the first stage in economics, consumption is the last. Consumption is the chief end of industry, for everything that is produced and exchanged is intended in some way to be consumed.” (Chambers' Encycl. sub tit. “Consumption.”

The process of consumption, in the case of many articles, may be a very prolonged one. The consumption of food or fuel is immediate; but the consumption of a waggon, or a steam-engine, or a work of art, or a jewel, many extend over many years, or indefinitely. The expression “passing into another State for consumption” is not intended to imply that complete consumption within the State should be contemplated, but merely that distribution to consumers within the State is contemplated. Goods are “for consumption” in a State if it is intended that they shall be retailed in that State.

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