The term goods means property, late 13c., from plural of good (n.), which had the same sense in Old English. Meaning "saleable commodities" is mid-15c. What do customers need? What goods drive businesses and consumers? What goods are essential? Essential goods are acquired primarily for personal, family or household purposes, including but not limited to residential construction materials or labor, shelter for payment such as a hotel room, food, water or petroleum products such as gasoline or diesel fuel. Essential goods are necessary for the health, safety or welfare of consumers. Household staples and medical supplies are essential goods. All other goods are luxury goods?