The paradox of odd-even price in fashion luxury sector : empirical evidence from an international direct observation of luxury stores

Aiello, Gaetano and donvito, Raffaele and Vanucci, Virginia and Wagner, Beverly and Wilson, Juliette (2018) The paradox of odd-even price in fashion luxury sector : empirical evidence from an international direct observation of luxury stores. Journal of Global Fashion Marketing, 9 (3). pp. 205-222. ISSN 2325-4483

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    Abstract

    Price has always had a key role in the luxury fashion market, because high prices are linked to the uniqueness and the prestige of luxury products and brands. Because of this direct contribution of price to the luxury essence, scholars have partially neglected the possible existence of unintuitive and controversial pricing strategies followed by luxury firms. This article deals with this literature gap, particularly analyzing a specific pricing strategy that seems to be in contrast with the nature of luxury pricing: the odd-even price (OEP). With the direct observation of physical and digital store windows of 20 luxury brands, this research investigates the role of OEP in the fashion luxury sector. Particularly, this work examines the relationship between the OEP strategy and the luxury level of fashion brands considering both offline and online channels.