Apple design chief faces new world without Jobs
Printed on the back of every iPod, iPhone and iPad is "Designed by Apple in California."
Why do consumers think hard-to-get babes and products are worth the extra effort?
Potential dates who are slightly elusive or products that are stuck on the back of a shelf are more attractive to consumers than their more attainable counterparts, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research.
Consumer self-esteem while shopping: Maybe good-looking clerks shouldn't wear the store brands?
People who don't feel positive about their appearance are less likely to buy an item they're trying on if they see a good-looking shopper or salesperson wearing the same thing, according to a new study in the Journal of Co ...
Do we buy cosmetics because they are useful or because they make us feel good?
A study by the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) shows that people who use cosmetics buy these products primarily for emotional reasons. The study was carried out on facial creams (hydrating and nutritive ...
People buy more junk food when using plastic
(PhysOrg.com) -- One way to resist buying junk food is to pay for groceries with cash instead of credit cards, according to a new study led by Manoj Thomas, assistant professor of marketing in the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate ...
Sexy doesn't always sell: When do beautiful models help?
Having an attractive model shill for a product only helps influence sales in certain situations, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. It seems it all depends on the set-up for the advertising.
When imitation doesn't flatter: When do consumers care about mimicry?
Consumers react strongly to their product choices being copied, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. They really dislike it when the copycat is someone similar to them.
Toxic toys and textiles on the decrease in EU stores
Thanks to efforts from China and improved EU policing, fewer toxic toys and skin-irritating textiles are making it onto Europe's supermarket shelves, the European Union executive said Thursday.
Child-proof ignition safety lock for adult-sized ATVs developed
In 2009, an estimated 32,400 children under the age of 16 were treated at emergency rooms for injuries and 61 were killed in All-Terrain Vehicle accidents, according to statistics from the U.S. Consumer Product ...
Early product launches: How will consumers respond?
A new study in the Journal of Consumer Research explains why consumers often indicate they are willing to pay more for a product that is not yet availablebut are reluctant to pay that price when the product is ultima ...
Some ingredients in 'green' products come from petroleum rather than natural sources
With more and more environmentally conscious consumers choosing "green" products, scientists today reported that the first reality check has revealed that the ingredients in those products may come from a ...
Animal welfare does not damage competitiveness
EU farmers hold their own well in competition with the rest of the world, despite the comparatively high demands the EU places on agricultural production.
Tween Brands to limit toxic cadmium in its jewelry
(AP) -- In the first settlement of its kind, national jewelry seller Tween Brands Inc. will effectively eliminate the toxic metal cadmium from the bracelets, necklaces and other items it sells.
Product choice: Why do consumers misestimate their abilities?
Even if you have a grasp on your own abilities, you might have trouble estimating the abilities of others, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. These false impressions affect people's product choice ...