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Apparel product attributes, web browsing, and e-impulse buying on shopping websites

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  • Park, Eun Joo
  • Kim, Eun Young
  • Funches, Venessa Martin
  • Foxx, William
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    This study explores the relationship among product attributes, web browsing, and impulse buying for apparel products in the Internet context. University students completed a total of 356 usable questionnaires. Data analysis was conducted using confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modeling via LISREL 8.8. Findings confirm that apparel product attributes consist of three factors: variety of selection, price, and sensory attributes. The study confirms that two types of web browsing occur: utilitarian and hedonic. In an estimated structural model, the variety of selection has a positive effect on utilitarian web browsing, whereas price has a positive effect on hedonic web browsing. Additionally, utilitarian web browsing has a negative effect on impulse buying, whereas hedonic web browsing has a positive effect on impulse buying for apparel on shopping websites. In particular, the factors of variety of selection and sensory attributes have direct effects on e-impulse buying for apparel. Managerial implications for more effectively managing the process of securing online customers through the use of utilitarian and hedonic product information concludes the article.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Business Research.

    Volume (Year): 65 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 11 ()
    Pages: 1583-1589

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jbrese:v:65:y:2012:i:11:p:1583-1589
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2011.02.043
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