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Budget first, thank yourself later: Are realistic consumers more successful?

Every time you run errands, you make decisions about what to get done and how much to spend. How do you make these decisions when there is just not enough time or money to accomplish everything ...

Wed 4 Mar 15 from Phys.org

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Chance as a motivator? Uncertainty can make people work harder

Can uncertainty motivate people to work harder? According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, people will often put in more effort to obtain uncertain rewards.

Wed 4 Mar 15 from Phys.org

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Many would rather buy generic clothes than stand out with designer brands

Many people buy and wear clothing from prestigious brands as a way to express and distinguish themselves. However, a new study from the University of Missouri has found that people who are more ...

Mon 9 Feb 15 from Phys.org

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Consumer preferences and the power of scarcity

When something is rare, it's alluring—true whether you're talking about precious gemstones or a pristine edition of the first issue of Action Comics (which introduced Superman). And psychologists ...

Fri 6 Feb 15 from Phys.org

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US seeks light on shadowy online data collection

US regulators called Tuesday for more transparency from data brokers, citing potential for abuse in a rapidly growing industry that buys and sells information on people's Internet and offline ...

Tue 27 May 14 from Phys.org

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Australia's consumer watchdog sues US games giant Valve

Australia's consumer watchdog Friday said it was taking online US video games giant Valve to court for allegedly making "false or misleading representations" and refusing to offer refunds.

Fri 29 Aug 14 from Phys.org

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Why do the Abbotts wait, while the Zimmermans rush to buy?

The first letter of our childhood surname determines much about our consumer behavior as grownups, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research.

Tue 18 Jan 11 from Phys.org

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An inconvenient truth: Does responsible consumption benefit corporations more than society?

Are environmental and social problems such as global warming and poverty the result of inadequate governmental regulations or does the burden fall on our failure as consumers to make better ...

Tue 26 Aug 14 from Phys.org

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Who buys what? Research finds clues to marketing innovation

Introducing innovative new products and ideas to the marketplace can be a tricky proposition. Sometimes they take off immediately (like the iPod) and sometimes they can take a while to garner ...

Tue 27 Jul 10 from Phys.org

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Finding Murray's magic

Research suggests that it is Andy Murray's ability to manage his goals, as well as his skill, determination and motivation that makes him such a successful athlete. Murray dropped out of the ...

Mon 24 Jun 13 from Medical Xpress

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