When Products Are Valued More But Sold For Less: the Impact of Waste Aversion on Disposal Behavior

Central to the study of consumer behavior are the processes of product acquisition, usage, and disposal. When disposing of a product, consumers often judge its value. In general, sellers are motivated to overestimate value in order to increase selling price and maximize profit. However, waste aversion—a motivation to fully exhaust a product’s residual value—can cause sellers to decrease their acceptable selling price despite perceptions that a product is more valuable. Three empirical studies provide converging evidence that waste aversion, by shifting consumers from a profit-maximization to a product-utilization orientation, can bias value judgments and lead to counterintuitive behaviors.



Citation:

Aaron Brough and Mathew Isaac (2010) ,"When Products Are Valued More But Sold For Less: the Impact of Waste Aversion on Disposal Behavior", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 37, eds. Margaret C. Campbell, Jeff Inman, and Rik Pieters, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 484-485 .

Authors

Aaron Brough, Northwesteern University, USA
Mathew Isaac, Northwestern University, USA



Volume

NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 37 | 2010



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