This paper analyzes: the psychological effects that the introduction of the Euro in Italy has on consumers; and their perception of Euro odd prices, that is those prices that fall just below a round number. The aim is to provide some answers to an important question for retailers: How profitable is using odd prices expressed in Euros instead of in the old currency? Results show that consumers, sometimes, prefer round prices rather than odd‐ending ones, although the latter elicits a discounted‐price image more than the corresponding round one. Moreover, consumers tend to underestimate odd prices during perception and to convert them into Lire through an approximation heuristic strategy. In certain choice sets, odd prices are likely to affect the consumers’ heuristics.
Journal of Product & Brand Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: May 1, 2004
Keywords: Consumer behaviour; Euro; Currencies; Pricing
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