Special Session Summary Consumer Decision Making: Strategies For Minimizing Regret, Encouraging Decadence, and Maximizing Warm Glow


Michal Strahilevitz (1995) ,"Special Session Summary Consumer Decision Making: Strategies For Minimizing Regret, Encouraging Decadence, and Maximizing Warm Glow", in E - European Advances in Consumer Research Volume 2, eds. Flemming Hansen, Provo, UT : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 90.

European Advances in Consumer Research Volume 2, 1995      Page 90



Michal Strahilevitz, University of Illinois

The purpose of this special session was to present recent work that examines the decision making process in the context of consumer choice. Each of the papers focuses on a unique aspect of consumer decision making.

The first paper by Klaus Wertenbroch and Ziv Carmon examines the phenomenon of consumer choice among desirable product alternatives (e.g., selecting one of two possible desserts such as cheese cake and chocolate mousse). The authors discuss the presence of a "The grass is greener effect" and show how particular characteristics in the choice environment can cause consumers to experience post-decision regret as a result of foregoing the other option. Possible marketing methods that could be used to minimize such post purchase conflicts are also discussed.

The second paper by Ravi Dhar explores how consumers go about deciding whether or not to purchase a variety of luxury goods. The paper focuses on identifying the factors in the choice environment that can encourage/discourage individuals to choose a luxury good over a more standard functional or less decadent product. In addition to discussing the theoretical implications of this research, Dhar also explores its implications for setting pricing and communication policies.

The final paper by Michal Strahilevitz focuses on some of the factors mediating the decision to allocate funds among charities. Strahilevitz shows how in giving to charity, the utility derived by donors includes both the good feelings associated with knowing that a worthy cause is being supported (analogous to acquisition utility) and the warm glow derived from being the one to make that donation (analogous to transaction utility). The author demonstrates how marketers can use various strategies to manipulate the expectations of potential donors regarding the intensity of both these components.

The discussant, Alice Isen, offers her own insights on the papers presented and suggests several directions for future research in the area.



Michal Strahilevitz, University of Illinois


E - European Advances in Consumer Research Volume 2 | 1995

Share Proceeding

Featured papers

See More


Teaching Old Dog New Tricks… and Old Bottles New Jeans. The Role of Implicit Theories in the Evaluation of Recycled Products

Alessandro Biraglia, University of Leeds
J. Josko Brakus, University of Leeds
Lucia Mannetti, Sapienza University of Rome
Ambra Brizi, Sapienza University of Rome

Read More


Semantic Processes in Memory-Based Consumer Decision Making

Sudeep Bhatia, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Read More


Effects of Retail Food Sampling on Subsequent Purchases: Implications of Sampling Healthy versus Unhealthy Foods on Choices of Other Foods

Dipayan Biswas, University of South Florida, USA
Jeffrey Inman, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Johanna Held, University of Bayreuth

Read More

Engage with Us

Becoming an Association for Consumer Research member is simple. Membership in ACR is relatively inexpensive, but brings significant benefits to its members.