Why People Buy Things They Don't Need

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Why People Buy Things They Don't Need

Understanding and Predicting Consumer Behavior

By Pamela Danziger

Kaplan Publishing, Paperback, 9780793186020, 304pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2004


Consumers shop to satisfy emotional needs and desires-if a company is selling to emotion, then it's in the business of luxury.

What motivates consumers to buy? Is it pleasure? Education? Entertainment? Status? Or just an impulse? Knowing why consumers buy what they do is the secret to predicting how they will behave in the ever-changing marketplace. In most cases, much of what people buy are items they really don't need.

Focusing on the ""whys"" of spending, Danziger has meticulously profiled customers in more than 30 categories of discretionary spending through research based on surveys, interviews, and focus groups from a variety of people who make discretionary purchases. She provides readers with a vision of the future, giving them the foresight to anticipate the needs and desires of their customers.

This groundbreaking guide will help marketers of all products understand the underlying motivators consumers use to both make their purchases and become satisfied, loyal customers. In Why People Buy Things They Don't Need, Danziger examines:

* The 14 justifiers that give consumers ""permission"" to buy.

* Trends impacting why people purchase what they do.

* How to sell even more to these customers.

* The future of discretionary spending.

About the Author

Pamela N. Danziger is a nationally recognized expert in understanding the mind of the consumer.  She founded Unity Marketing in 1992 as a marketing consulting firm that specializes in consumer insights.  With a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Pennsylvania State University, Pamela has devoted her professional career to collecting, organizing, and disseminating information to solve business problems.