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Framing a price bundle: the case of “buy/get” offers

Framing a price bundle: the case of “buy/get” offers Purpose – The underlying thesis of this paper is that consumers will infer that the costs of production of a product that is offered free are low, and this will reduce the price they are willing to pay for the product when it is a stand‐alone offering. Design/methodology/approach – Two laboratory experiments examine how consumers respond to products that have been offered as “free gifts with purchase” of another product. Findings – Study 1 shows, that when an economically identical offer is framed as a joint bundle (Buy X and Y for $), compared with when it is framed as a “Buy one, get one free” offer, consumers are willing to pay less for the product offered “free.” Study 2 shows that, when a product is given away “free,” then consumers are willing to pay less for it as a stand‐alone product, especially when the original promotional offer does not include the price of the free gift. Research limitations/implications – Results imply that the design and communication of consumer promotions affect the price consumers are willing to pay for a product. Practical implications – Managerial implications for the design and communication of consumer promotions are discussed. Originality/value – The paper adds to the growing body of research that shows that a price promotion has more than just an economic effect; it also has an informational effect through which it affects consumer responses. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Product & Brand Management Emerald Publishing

Framing a price bundle: the case of “buy/get” offers

Journal of Product & Brand Management , Volume 14 (2): 6 – Mar 1, 2005

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2005 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1061-0421
DOI
10.1108/10610420510592617
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Abstract

Purpose – The underlying thesis of this paper is that consumers will infer that the costs of production of a product that is offered free are low, and this will reduce the price they are willing to pay for the product when it is a stand‐alone offering. Design/methodology/approach – Two laboratory experiments examine how consumers respond to products that have been offered as “free gifts with purchase” of another product. Findings – Study 1 shows, that when an economically identical offer is framed as a joint bundle (Buy X and Y for $), compared with when it is framed as a “Buy one, get one free” offer, consumers are willing to pay less for the product offered “free.” Study 2 shows that, when a product is given away “free,” then consumers are willing to pay less for it as a stand‐alone product, especially when the original promotional offer does not include the price of the free gift. Research limitations/implications – Results imply that the design and communication of consumer promotions affect the price consumers are willing to pay for a product. Practical implications – Managerial implications for the design and communication of consumer promotions are discussed. Originality/value – The paper adds to the growing body of research that shows that a price promotion has more than just an economic effect; it also has an informational effect through which it affects consumer responses.

Journal

Journal of Product & Brand ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 1, 2005

Keywords: Pricing; Promotional methods

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