Conference proceedings article
Symbolic consumption of luxury: An Example of luxury fashion goods in Russia

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Peshkova, A.; Ürkmez, T.; Wagner, R.
Bratianu, .C; Zbuchea, A.; Pinzaru, F.; Vatamanescu, E. M.; Leon, R. D.
Tritonic Publishing House
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Strategica 2015 : Strategica: Local versus Global
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Despite all changes and crises Russia has developed to one of the most important market for luxury goods in the world. Economic developments in the course of the last decade, rapidly growing high-middle class consumer segments and increasing consumer sophistication changed consumption behavior of luxury services and goods in Russia within a short time. Russian consumer behavior patterns of luxury items can be explained by the theory of conspicuous or symbolic consumption. The motivation for buying symbolic goods usally is highly sensitive to social appreciation and the most visible ones include luxury clothing and accessories, automobiles, stereos and furniture goods. The aim of this study is to determine the factors influencing Russian consumers' intentions to purchase luxury fashion goods. We focus the growing high-middle and middle class consumer behavior patterns. This study attempts to contend practitioners' knowledge and folklore in research hypotheses and to evaluate these in a rigourous quantitative proceeding. We investigate the factors influencing Russian consumers' intensions to purchase goods of luxury fashion brands based on two different models. The "Attitude toward Luxury Brands" (social-adjustive function) quantifies the extent to which luxury brands are facilitating self-expression of the owner and the projection of a particular image in social settings. Additionally, we use the "Attitude toward Luxury Brands" (value-expressive function) in order to quantify the degree to which luxury brands are expressing the buyers's self (beliefs, attitudes, values). Complementing these, we assess consumers' luxury motivation factors. The results of our analysis confirm practitioners' prior beliefs that Russian consumer behavior patterns in the luxury markets predominantly correspond to characteristics of symbolic consumption. Consumers emphazise their individual image and and cherish how they look in the eyes of others while consuming luxury brands. Moreover, Russian consumers can be described as perfectionists because they desire the best quality as one of the most salient attributes of luxury products. On the other hand, they consider price of the items while fonding of quality in luxury items and they do not want to exaggerate amounts paid for their shopping. The results exert existence of a highly significant negative relation between the influence of price and frequency of luxury fashion goods purchase in Russia.


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