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Surprise, surprise: Teens prefer the Mall over the Internet

The latest US study has found that teenagers (13-17) are overwhelmingly favouring shopping the mall over the internet.

Some key stats from the OTX study:

Teens learn about “cool new products” from the following sources (multiple choices were allowed)

  •          65% Internet
  •          62%  friends
  •          54% TV ads
  •          48% magazines

Christmas gift of choice (to give)

  •          Electronics stores 46%
  •          Bath/body (45%)
  •          Music stores (41%)

Preferred gifts (for themselves)

  •          Money 39%
  •          Computer 30% 
  •          Clothes 25%
  •          Cars 24%
  •      Gift card from their favourite store (just) 9%

What’s important for marketers to understand is that for most teens, shopping is a purely social experience with a full 84% saying they will shop with others.

Personally the most interesting finding is that 17% say there isn’t anything they want. Is it the beginning of the end of conspicuous consumption?


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