definition of availability

The concept of availability is used in various fields and spheres to refer to the possibility that something, a product or a phenomenon, is available to be realized, found or used. Availability means that that thing or product, for example a soap, is available for use. That it is available means in turn that one can have it as it is accessible, within reach or simply because it is possible to do so.

The notion of availability is widely used for issues such as products or items that can be consumed by people. Thus, it is normal to say that there is availability of milk, butter or cheese when one goes to the supermarket and observes that the gondolas are full. The lack of availability of certain products (such as more expensive or exclusive products or basic products that are not available for certain and specific situations) causes their prices to be higher since the demand is higher than the supply. We can say, then, that the availability of consumable products certainly affects prices and economic variables.

Availability can also refer to other items or situations. When a person says that they are available it usually means that they do not have a partner or that they are not engaged in any situation, which means that they have the freedom to act as they want.

In the field of culture or cultural production, the notion of availability is related to products that may be exclusive or difficult to obtain compared to others that are mass-produced and that are available in all businesses or places specialized in selling them. . As mentioned, a book or cultural item that is considered exclusive or unavailable will probably cost much more expensive than those that are available every day in any space or business.