Compulsive buying behavior

Aviv Shoham, Maja Makovec Brenčič

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Consumer compulsive buying is an important area of inquiry in consumer behavior research. The importance of studying compulsive buying, stems, in part, from its nature as a negative aspect of consumer behavior. Specifically, exploring negative consumption phenomena could provide modified or new perspectives for the study of positive consumption behaviors. Moreover, research on negative facets of consumption is useful because it can potentially contribute to society's wellbeing, an important criterion for usefulness of any research. This paper builds on earlier papers to propose a model of compulsivity antecedents. Gender, consumers' tendency to make unplanned purchases, and their tendency to buy products not on shopping lists, serve to predict compulsive tendencies in a sample of Israeli consumers. The findings suggest that these antecedents affect compulsive tendencies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-138
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Consumer Marketing
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 2003


  • Behaviour
  • Israel
  • Purchasing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Marketing


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