Are Scarcity Messages Still Effective? An Experimental Comparison with Brand Prominence and Some Moderating Effects

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2013-01-01
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Childs, Michelle
Jin, Byoungho
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Scarcity messages such as “for a limited time only” or “while supplies last” have become popular practice in marketing (Byun & Sternquist, 2011). However, whether the effect of scarcity message still works or not is questionable because consumers may feel that if one store is scarce on merchandise, they can easily obtain the item elsewhere in today’s marketplace. Another common strategy is utilizing brand logo prominence with the assumption that the visible brand logo (i.e., high brand prominence) helps ensure that observers recognize the brand, which can increase purchase intentions (Han, Nunes, & Drèze, 2010).

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