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Talking about my generation: How values shape luxury consumption


Julia Pueschel, Béatrice Parguel, Cécile Chamaret (2020) “Talking about my generation: How values shape luxury consumption”, Sage journal, RAM, First Published November 11, 2020


Literature suggest that when shopping for luxury goods, consumers arbitrate between genuine and fake luxury goodes, with younger consumers being more likelyto arbitrate in favor of luxury fakes because of their lower income and different values. We challenge this alleged influence in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a country where access to luxury can be controlled for, and generations differ in values following 1990s' meteoric take off. Drawing on the functional theories of attitudes, a qualitative study shows that luxury consumption does not serve the same psychological functions for the pre-boom (born before 1990) and the post-boom generational cohorts in the UAE. As such, it demonstrates the power of values when explaining the trade-off between genuine and fake luxury goofs, as values can explain both a current negative influence of age on counterfeit consumption in Western countries an a positive one in the Middle East. The findings are interesting for public policy makers and managers operating in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

Mots clefs:

Age, counterfeit, functional theories of attitudes, GCC consumers, generational cohort, luxury goods