Brand switching in clothing: the role of variety-seeking drive and product category-level characteristics

Michaelidou, Nina and Dibb, Sally (2009). Brand switching in clothing: the role of variety-seeking drive and product category-level characteristics. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 33(3) pp. 322–326.

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1470-6431.2009.00764.x

Abstract

The study explores the impact of internal factors such as variety-seeking drive, loyalty, involvement, perceived risk, pleasure and similarity perceptions on brand-switching propensity in clothing purchases using multiple regression. The model derived shows that five internal factors including involvement, perceived risk, loyalty and variety-seeking drive have an impact on brand switching propensity. The findings highlight that highly involved and loyal consumers are likely to show brand-switching propensities in their clothing purchases, thus buying from a repertoire of brands and stores. These findings imply that retailers should ensure that their clothing brands or stores are among those in the multi-brand repertoire of the consumer.

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