The purchase intention of Malaysian undergraduate students in regards to counterfeit luxury goods and its relationship with materialistic and ethical values

Ong, Derek Lai Teik * and Ahmad Khairul Ariffin bin Kamaruddin, * and Bulathsinghalage, Channaka Nadira * and Seneviratne, Luke Aaron (2013) The purchase intention of Malaysian undergraduate students in regards to counterfeit luxury goods and its relationship with materialistic and ethical values. In: IBIMA Conference on Entrepreneurship Vision 2020: Innovation, Real Estate Investment, Development Sustainability, and Economic Growth (20th), 25 - 26 March 2013, Kuala Lumpur. (Submitted)

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Abstract

This study aims to measure Malaysian undergraduate students’ ethical and materialistic values, and their relationships with the purchase intention of non-deceptive luxury counterfeit goods. 200 questionnaires were distributed physically and via online. Items were adapted from the Muncy-Vitell, Spears-Singh and Belks scales to measure ethics, purchase intention and materialism respectively. Findings showed a significant relationship between ethics and materialism exists as respondents who are reported to be ethical were also materialistic. These variables were also found to be significantly related to purchase intention. Ethical and materialistic consumers were less likely to report prior purchase of counterfeits. Also, gender moderates this relationship as females were reported to be more concerned with these two variables when identifying their purchasing intentions. The results show that increasing awareness and knowledge of undergraduate students on the impact of counterfeiting can lead to more ethical purchasing behaviors. However, limitations where majority respondents were Chinese and are only from limited areas makes generalizing findings to all undergraduate students across Malaysia inappropriate. This study further elaborates the demand of counterfeit goods through the effects of ethics and materialism. Improved efforts against counterfeiting can now be made by altering consumers’ ethical values and exploiting their materialistic tendencies.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: ethical purchasing; Malaysian undergraduates; counterfeit luxury goods
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Sunway University > Sunway University Business School > Dept. Marketing
Depositing User: Ms. Molly Chuah
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2014 10:37
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2014 10:46
URI: http://eprints.sunway.edu.my/id/eprint/183

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