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Factors affecting consumers’ intention to purchase counterfeit product: Empirical study in the Malaysian market

Quoquab, F. and Pahlevan, S. and Mohammad, J. and Thurasamy, R. (2017) Factors affecting consumers’ intention to purchase counterfeit product: Empirical study in the Malaysian market. Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, 29 (4). pp. 837-853. ISSN 1355-5855

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Purpose: Most of the past studies have considered social and personal factors in relation to counterfeit product purchase intention. However, there is a dearth of research that linked ethical aspects with such kind of product purchase intention. Considering this gap, the purpose of this paper is to investigate the direct as well as indirect effect of ethical aspects on the attitude of consumers’ counterfeit product purchase in the Malaysian market. Design/methodology/approach: A total of 737 questionnaires were distributed in China Town, Low Yat Plaza, as well as a few “pasar malam” (night markets), which yielded 400 completed usable responses. Partial Least Square Smart PLS software and SPSS were utilised in order to analyse the data. Findings: The results revealed that the ethical aspect in term of religiosity, ethical concern, and perception of lawfulness directly and indirectly affect consumers’ behavioural intention to purchase counterfeit products. Practical implications: It is expected that the study findings will enhance the understanding of marketers as well as policymakers about consumers’ purchase intention of such fake products. Eventually, it will help them to come up with better marketing strategies to purchase counterfeit products and to encourage them to purchase the original product. Originality/value: This is relatively a pioneer study that examines the effect of ethical aspects of consumers in term of their religiosity, ethical concern, and perception of lawfulness on their attitude towards buying counterfeit products. Additionally, this study examines the mediating role of consumer attitude to purchase counterfeit product between ethical aspects and behavioural intention, which is comparatively new to the existing body of knowledge. Last, but not the least, this research has examined these relationships in a new research context i.e., Malaysian market, which can advance the knowledge about consumer behaviour in the East Asian context.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Counterfeit product purchase, Ethical concern, Lawfulness, Malaysian consumers, Religiously
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions:International Business School
ID Code:75410
Deposited By: Widya Wahid
Deposited On:22 Mar 2018 11:07
Last Modified:22 Mar 2018 11:07

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