``We sold a million copies''-The role of advertising past sales
We model a two periods market with two-sided quality uncertainty. In the first period the seller gathers information about consumers' tastes upon observing his sales. In the second period the seller may or may not deliver the information. If the monopolist must commit either to reveal or conceal past-sales before observing them, commiting to reveal is the dominant strategy whenever advertising cost is low, buyers are many and their private information is accurate. When the seller can postpone the advertising decision and gains experience, past-sales revelation occurs partially. In equilibrium, delivery of sales-data occurs to induce some buyers' herding behaviour. We carry out the analysis for two different informational scenarios.
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