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Identifying criteria of consumer awareness: A pilot study

Deon Rousseau
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 17, No 3 | a528 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v17i3.528 | © 1991 Deon Rousseau | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 June 1991 | Published: 20 June 1991

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Deon Rousseau, University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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Abstract

This article describes the development of a theoretical model from which certain criteria of consumer awareness were identified and tested in an empirical study involving a cross-cultural sample of 436 consumers. Results revealed five criteria of consumer awareness viz bargain hunting, general consumer knowledge, product knowledge, information search and price consciousness. These criteria differed across socio-economic race groups in terms of their importance. The implications of the findings for furthering the consumer movement in South Africa and follow-up research in the field are also discussed.

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Hierdie artikel beskryf die ontwikkeling van 'n teoretiese model waaruit sekere kriteria van verbmikersbewustheid geidentifiseer en getoets is in 'n empiriese studie op 'n tussen-kulturele steekproef van 436 verbruikers. Die bevindinge toon vyf kriteria van verbruikersbewustheid nl. winskopie- jagter, algemene verbruikerskennis, produkkennis, inligtinginwinning en prysbewustheid. Hierdie kriteria het verskil tussen sosio-ekonomiese rassegroepe ten opsigte van belangrikheid. Implikasies van die bevindinge vir die bevordering van die verbruikersbeweging in Suid-Afrika en voortgesette navorsing in die veld word ook bespreek.


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Consumer awareness

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