Profiling Second-hand Clothing Shoppers with Decision Tree Predictive Model

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2017-01-01
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Zaman, Md. Mostafa
Kwon, Theresa
Laemmerhirt, Katrina
Kim, Youn-Kyung
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In the last twenty years, second-hand clothing market has drastically grown. Prior research has identified a number of factors that determine second-hand clothing shopping. Those factors can be categorized as product attributes (e.g., quality and uniqueness) or personal orientation, which can be either self-oriented (e.g., fashion consciousness and price-consciousness) or others-oriented (e.g., environmentally conscious consumption behavior and socially conscious consumption behavior). This study extends previous research on second-hand clothing by demonstrating the joint effect and the relative importance of product attributes and personal orientation factors (self-oriented and others-oriented) on second-hand clothing shopping by building a binary decision tree model using Recursive Partitioning (RPART) method. Results show that price-consciousness, quality, and uniqueness are the most important factors that characterize high second-hand clothing shopping. Surprisingly, high fashion consciousness, jointly with low price- consciousness and high ECCB described high second-hand shopping segment. Implications are discussed.

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