TITLE

THE DYNAMIC PRICING OF NEXT GENERATION CONSUMER DURABLES

AUTHOR(S)
Bayus, Barry L.
PUB. DATE
June 1992
SOURCE
Marketing Science;Summer92, Vol. 11 Issue 3, p251
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Learning curve effects, aspects of consumer demand models (e.g., reservation price distributions, intertemporal utility maximizing behavior), and competitive activity are reasons which have been offered to explain why prices of new durables decline over time. This paper presents an alternative rationale based on the buying behavior for products with overlapping replacement cycles (i.e., next generation products). A model for consumer sales of a new durable is developed by incorporating the replacement behavior of a previous generation product. Pricing strategies for two product generations are investigated analytically and with numerical methods. Results indicate that durable replacement behavior leads to a wider set of optimal pricing strategies than previously obtained. Several empirical illustrations of industry pricing practices for successive product generations are also shown to be consistent with the theoretical results. Finally, various areas for future research are outlined.
ACCESSION #
4470643

 

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