Posted by James Briggs on November 03, 2005
In Reply to: A package of goods posted by Brian from Shawnee on November 03, 2005
: : Ever heard of the phrase "bought a package of goods"? I'm guessing it's a variation on the saying "sold a bill of goods". The context is "It is the most sold thing on something you ever saw in your life. It has bought a package of goods--it has been had, you might say." Any ideas?
: Sounds like somebody clicked on the Google "translate this page" feature, and this passage was robo-translated into English. In other words, the passage doesn't make much sense. Anyway, "package of goods" sounds awkward but can be interpreted as "bill of goods", which is a phrase that's known by most English speakers.
In British English a 'pakage of goods' is just that - a package filled with a variety of goods. 'Package' is a common word which might be used instead of 'parcel'. One of the services offered by the Royal Mail is to send something as a 'small package' - a bit cheaper than some other methods.