Category Archives: Research

How sales get us to buy stuff

If you’re one of those people who line up for the Black Friday sales, jump online for Singles Day, or are thinking that you’ll line up outside Myer or DJs on Boxing Day for the “real bargains”, rest assured, you … Continue reading

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Wealthy people tend to think that everyone else is as wealthy as they are

Wealthy people may be likely to oppose redistribution of wealth because they have biased information about how wealthy most people actually are, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The findings indicate that … Continue reading

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Santa Claus is coming to town Many people see marketing as a form of manipulation, particularly prevalent around events such as Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day. But the best kind of marketer knows that rather than … Continue reading

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The push and pull of an all-consuming life

Do you ever get the sense that we live in a culture of gratification that says we should submit to our every whim, while at the same time demands we disavow our desires? On one hand, Nigella tells us that … Continue reading

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Resistance is (mostly) futile: How buying nothing is harder than it looks (especially at Christmas time)

While there are thousands of people all over the world taking part in the “Buy Nothing” movement, along with a whole range of other groups of people doing what they can to reduce consumption, resistance to commerce is nothing new. The … Continue reading

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Coco-Pops gets two stars; Just like a chocolate milk shake would…

Coco Pops has received two stars in the voluntary health star rating system, but don’t expect a huge change in buying patterns, at least in the short-term. Sales may even increase slightly, because it is likely that most people already know … Continue reading

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Obesity, health star ratings and the nanny state

A quick question: How many kilojoules have you consumed so far today? Even an estimate will do. Most of us wouldn’t have a clue. Continue reading

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