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May 2, 2016

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May 2, 2016

Consumers' Trust in Online User Ratings Misplaced, Says Study

Apr. 28, 2016 — The belief that online user ratings are good indicators of product quality is largely an illusion, according to a new study. The analyses show a very low correspondence between average user ratings ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — Open the box of that new smartphone. Oops, it feels differently from expectations based on what you'd seen. Embrace it or be disappointed? Your reaction is likely tied to your perception of the ... read more

Eco-Friendly Store Brands Are a 'Win-Win-Win Situation'

Apr. 20, 2016 — Profits for store brands can increase if companies couple ethical marketing with higher prices, new research indicates. However, the researchers also found that consumers' evaluations of store ... read more

Corporate Sustainability Should Be Core Strategy, Requires Paths Unique to Each Business

Apr. 19, 2016 — In an effort to qualify the process of investing in corporate sustainability, researchers examined two major international apparel brands, Nike and Adidas, to determine the paths taken to reach ... read more

'Conspicuous Conservation' a Factor in Socially Responsible Product Innovation

Mar. 31, 2016 — Companies may a bigger incentive to invest in developing socially responsible products if it means those who eventually buy them can stand a little taller than those who don't, says new ... read more

Thrill of the Hunt Motivates Some to Buy Counterfeit Goods

Mar. 31, 2016 — People buying fake 'luxury brand' goods experience a range of psychological motivations -- including the 'thrill of the hunt' -- new research has ... read more

Study Examines Where, Why New York City Retailers Sell Organic Foods

Mar. 23, 2016 — A store's decision to sell organic food depends on its neighborhood demographics, and the range of organic foods offered for sale is linked to the size of the store, finds ... read more

Belief in the American Dream Regulates Materialism and Impulsive Spending

Mar. 22, 2016 — For the first time, researchers provided findings that link materialism, impulsive spending and personal perceptions of economic mobility. Researchers found that belief in the so-called “American ... read more

Love Trumps Budget in Sentimental Buys

Mar. 14, 2016 — Brides and the bereaved beware: You, like many shoppers, may have a tendency to reject thriftiness when your purchase is a matter of the heart, according to a new ... read more

Disparity in Student Loan Debt Between Blacks, Whites

Mar. 8, 2016 — Black young adults not only have substantially more student loan debt than their white counterparts (68.2 percent more) but are not nearly as protected by their parents' wealth as their white ... read more

Welfare Recipients Seen as Immoral for Buying Ethical Products

Mar. 8, 2016 — Shoppers making ethical purchases, such as buying organic food or environmentally friendly cars, are generally seen as more virtuous -- unless they're receiving government assistance. If ethical ... read more

Outlets' Effect on Spending in Retailers' Other Stores

Feb. 23, 2016 — A researcher has investigated how adoption of a retailer’s factory outlet channel affected customers’ spending in the retailer’s traditional retail store ... read more

Marketing Key to Return on Corporate Social Responsibility Investment, Study Shows

Feb. 23, 2016 — The decision to give to charity or develop a more sustainable product should not depend solely on a corporation's bottom line, but it is certainly a factor. According to a new study, a strong ... read more

When in-Store Digital Displays Drive Sales -- And When They Don't

Feb. 22, 2016 — Consumers shop at different size stores for different reasons, and retailers may well wonder whether in-store digital displays for their establishments are worth the investment. New data from a study ... read more

Diet Soda and Fries, Please

Feb. 18, 2016 — New research aims to untangle the apparent disconnect between stated health concerns and actual food purchases. Researchers found evidence of significant balancing behavior across product categories ... read more

Benevolence Can Boost Buying at the Luxury Counter

Feb. 17, 2016 — Co-branding with charitable causes at the point of sale can help persuade buyers to purchase luxury products, new research indicates, upending common wisdom among luxury retailers that such tactical ... read more

Overconfidence, Loss Aversion Are Key Predictors for Investment Mistakes

Feb. 10, 2016 — A personal financial planning expert has identified several risk factors for people who are more likely to make investment mistakes during a down market. Overconfidence tops the ... read more

Homeownership a 'Dream Deferred' for Millennial Generation

Feb. 9, 2016 — Millennials face significant hurdles in their quest for homeownership, said a professor of agricultural and consumer economics and co-author of a new paper examining homeownership trends among those ... read more

Does Shopping Help You Feel Better After a Setback?

Feb. 5, 2016 — If you just flubbed a big work project, you might be feeling down on yourself. Maybe you'll head to the mall to indulge in a little retail therapy. Buying products is a common way to make ... read more

Simplified Nutritional Labels Spur Healthier Choices in Grocery Stores

Feb. 2, 2016 — Looking at single number -- a score that represents the nutritional value of what's inside the packaging -- leads to healthier buying choices. The study compares consumer buyer behavior using ... read more

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