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Consumer purchasing on the Internet:: Processes and prospects


  • Butler, Patrick
  • Peppard, Joe


Much of the business transacted over the Internet today is in the business-to-business sphere. Outside of specialised niche areas like information technology and other information-based products, business-to-consumers commerce is relatively undeveloped. One principle that holds true in the marketspace is that before cybermarketers can effectively respond to consumer demand, they must understand consumer behaviour. Internet marketers should revisit traditional models of consumer behaviour, examine their underlying assumptions, and explore their validity in the new Internet context. A standard model of the consumer buying behaviour processes is applied to purchasing situations on the Internet, with a view to comparing traditional marketplace transactions with the emerging virtual marketspace. Understanding consumer behaviour in Internet purchasing remains the marketing management imperative.

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  • Butler, Patrick & Peppard, Joe, 1998. "Consumer purchasing on the Internet:: Processes and prospects," European Management Journal, Elsevier, vol. 16(5), pages 600-610, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:eurman:v:16:y:1998:i:5:p:600-610

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    1. Ramus, Kim Bjarne & Grunert, Klaus G., 2004. "Consumers’ Willingness To Buy Food Via The Internet: A Review Of The Litterature And A Model For Future Research," MAPP Working Papers 84, University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, The MAPP Centre.
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    3. Grewal, Dhruv & Iyer, Gopalkrishnan R. & Krishnan, R. & Sharma, Arun, 2003. "The Internet and the price-value-loyalty chain," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 56(5), pages 391-398, May.

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