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18 Examples of Intangible Goods

 , November 19, 2018
An intangible good is value that can't be touched. Modern economies are experiencing a shift whereby economic value is increasingly based on services that have little or no physical form. The following are common examples of intangible goods.


Knowledge such as an electronic document that gives advice on how to be a good public speaker.


Education such as a class that teaches computer programming.

Information & Data

Information designed to be consumed by people and data designed to be consumed by machine. For example, a navigation service.


Digital media such as as photographs, video and content.


Software such as a sales automation platform. Software includes both applications used by people and systems that automate things.

Art, Film & Music

Digital media that has artistic value such as a music video.


Advice such as legal advice from a lawyer.


Consulting services that produce intangible work products such as knowledge and software.

Business Services

Services that produce value for a business such as a cloud computing platform that provides a business with computing power.


Events such as a musical performance.


Entertainment such as a theme park.


Travel experiences such as a tour of a historical attraction.


Cultural experiences such as a traditional festival.

Digital Experiences

Experiences in virtual environments such as a game or social media platform.


Communication services such as a long distance phone call.

Risk Products

Risk-based services such as insurance.

Financial Services

Financial services such as an electronic money transfer.

Public Goods

Public goods such as a park enjoyed by residents of an area.


Some goods are partially tangible and partially intangible. For example, a restaurant includes a physical product in the form of food and intangible value such as decor, service and environment. It is common to consider cheap restaurants tangible and expensive restaurants as intangible experiences.
Overview: Intangible Goods
DefinitionValue that can't be touched.
Also Known AsIntangible product
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