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The impact of color in the e‐commerce marketing of fashions: an exploratory study

Philip S. Nitse (College of Business, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, USA)
Kevin R. Parker (College of Business, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, USA)
Dennis Krumwiede (College of Business, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, USA)
Thomas Ottaway (College of Business, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, USA)

European Journal of Marketing

ISSN: 0309-0566

Article publication date: 1 July 2004

Abstract

As the number of Internet purchases of fashion items increases, the problem of inaccurate color representation on the Web becomes more significant. Color inaccuracy has many negative consequences for marketers, including loss of sales, increased returns and complaints, and customer defections. This research reports the findings of a survey conducted as part of an initial investigation into consumer opinions about fashion merchandise purchasing over the Internet. Results indicate that companies are losing customers and sales as a result of having colors on e‐commerce sites that do not accurately represent the actual colors of the products being sold. Increased dissatisfaction on the part of consumers leads to greater costs in both customer service and reverse logistics. Further, a majority of the respondents indicated that they would not make additional purchases from an e‐tailer if they received items in colors different than they expected. The paper concludes with suggestions for future research.

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Nitse, P.S., Parker, K.R., Krumwiede, D. and Ottaway, T. (2004), "The impact of color in the e‐commerce marketing of fashions: an exploratory study", European Journal of Marketing, Vol. 38 No. 7, pp. 898-915. https://doi.org/10.1108/03090560410539311

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