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Consumer values, motivation and purchase intention for luxury goods


  • Nwankwo, Sonny
  • Hamelin, Nicolas
  • Khaled, Meryem


There is considerable ambivalence in how different societies and cultures relate to the consumption of luxury goods. Thinly focused in the literature are Islamic societies (with rapidly emerging ‘super-rich’ consumer segments) where the concept of luxury may be in tension with religious values. Set against this background, this paper investigates how consumer values and motivation influence purchase intentions towards luxury goods. Based on a sample of 400 respondents drawn from Morocco and applying logistic regression models, the paper finds correlations between the intention to buy luxury goods, motivation and personal values. Paradoxically, the influence of religion appears to diminish as consumer affordability of luxury goods increase. Partly due to globalization of markets and impacts on consumer values, Moslems are not fundamentally different from western consumers with regard to predispositions towards luxury consumption. Potential impacts of religion on luxury consumption attitudes and personal values appear to be moderated by the global consumer culture. The results also show an important gender underpinning especially when considered alongside perceived gender biases in consumption decision-making in many Islamic countries. Regarding the nature of purchase behavior women were found to be more positively disposed to impulse purchasing of luxury goods compared to men while more educated people, generally, indicated a greater tendency towards rational than impulse buying decisions.

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  • Nwankwo, Sonny & Hamelin, Nicolas & Khaled, Meryem, 2014. "Consumer values, motivation and purchase intention for luxury goods," Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, Elsevier, vol. 21(5), pages 735-744.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:joreco:v:21:y:2014:i:5:p:735-744
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jretconser.2014.05.003

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