Life could be so easy : the convenience effect of round price endings

Wieseke, Jan ; Kolberg, Anika ; Edinger-Schons, Laura Marie

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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2016
The title of a journal, publication series: Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science
Volume: 44
Issue number: 4
Page range: 474-494
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publishing house: Springer Science + Business Media LLC
ISSN: 0092-0703 , 1552-7824
Publication language: English
Institution: Business School > Sustainable Business (Edinger-Schons 2015-2022)
Subject: 650 Management
Keywords (English): Price endings ; convenience ; round prices ; just-below prices ; behavioral pricing
Abstract: Retailers are increasingly using round prices, a trend at odds with the marketing belief in the superiority of just-below prices. However, conclusive empirical evidence on the effectiveness of different price endings is still missing. Addressing this void, this paper presents four field-experimental studies with a broad array of samples revealing the central role of convenience in the context of price endings. Findings indicate that consumers perceive round prices as more convenient because their high cognitive accessibility saves time and effort during transactions, which is corroborated using a reaction time measure. Accordingly, round prices increase sales in purchase situations characterized by a high importance of convenience. Further, consumers’ convenience consciousness explains preferences for various price endings. This research thus contributes to the behavioral pricing literature by challenging traditional marketing beliefs and providing convincing evidence of the superiority of round prices in a complex world where many customers attach great importance to convenience.

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