Faking it: Personality and individual difference predictors of willingness to buy counterfeit goods

Swami, Viren; Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas and Furnham, Adrian. 2009. Faking it: Personality and individual difference predictors of willingness to buy counterfeit goods. Journal of Socio-Economics, 38(5), pp. 820-825. ISSN 10535357 [Article]

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Counterfeiting is now widely regarded as a serious social, economic, and political issue. This study examined demographic, personality, and individual difference predictors of willingness to buy counterfeit goods (WBCG) in a community sample of British adults. Two-hundred and thirty-seven participants completed a questionnaire that assessed their willingness to buy 19 types of counterfeit goods, attitudes towards counterfeiting, material values, Big Five personality traits, and demographics. Structural equation modelling showed that attitudes towards counterfeiting were the strongest predictors of WBCG. In addition, material values predicted both WBCG directly and indirectly through attitudes towards counterfeiting. Older participants showed lower WBCG, although this effect was moderated by participants’ conscientiousness, material values, and attitudes towards counterfeiting. There were no sex differences in WBCG once participants’ age and conscientiousness had been taken into account. These results are discussed in relation to the extant literature on the profiles of consumers who buy counterfeit products.

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Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socec.2009.03.014

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

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2009Published

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5035

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01 Mar 2011 14:48

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06 Jun 2016 15:38

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

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http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/5035

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