Purpose: This study aims to investigate the role of middle-class consumers’ need for uniqueness (CNFU), consumer susceptibility to interpersonal influence (CSII), inspiration and behavioral intentions toward masstige products. Specifically, this study examines the differential effects of CNFU dimensions, the underlying mechanism of consumer inspiration and the moderating role of CSII in the purchase intentions toward masstige products. Design/methodology/approach: Two studies were carried out to test the proposed relationships. Study 1 examines the differential effect of CNFU dimensions and the mediating role of consumer inspiration for data collected from Tier 1 cities in India. Study 2 replicated Study 1 findings for the jewelry masstige products and tested the moderating role of CSII for data collected from Tier 2 cities. Structural equation modeling was used to test the proposed hypotheses. Findings: The study findings confirm the differential effects of CNFU dimensions on inspiration and its mediating role in masstige products’ purchase intentions. Furthermore, the study found that CSII moderates the effect of CNFU dimensions on inspiration toward masstige (jewelry) purchase intentions. Status does not determine masstige purchase intention. Research limitations/implications: The present study was carried out in the emerging market of India. Future studies should replicate the study findings in other emerging markets. Practical implications: The study findings have important implications for marketers of masstige brands in developing effective marketing strategies in the emerging markets. Originality/value: The study is among the few studies to investigate the differential role of CNFU dimensions and inspiration for masstige brands in an emerging market context.
- Consumer need for uniqueness
- Customer susceptibility to interpersonal influence
- Emerging market
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Management of Technology and Innovation