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Remembering vs. Knowing: Issues in Buyers' Processing of Price Information, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science


A traditional assumption concerning how prices influence buyers' purchasing behaviors has been that buyers know the prices of the products and services that they consider for purchase. However, empirical research over the past four decades repeatedly has discovered that buyers often are not able to remember the prices of items they had recently purchased. One conclusion that has been drawn is buyers often do not attend to price information in purchase decisions. We argue that this conclusion may be incorrect in that what consumers can explicitly remember is not always a good indicator of what they implicitly know. Price information not consciously remembered can still influence internal reference prices and product evaluations. In this article, we discuss the conceptual and methodological ramifications of the distinction between remembering and knowing to reassess and refine our understanding of how buyers process and use price information.




Kent Monroe, Angela Y. Lee

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Monroe, Kent, and Angela Y. Lee. 1999. Remembering vs. Knowing: Issues in Buyers' Processing of Price Information. Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science.(Spring): 201-225.


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