Amount off versus percentage off-when does it matter?

Eva M. González, Eduardo Esteva, Anne L. Roggeveen, Dhruv Grewal

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This research explores the impact of discount framing on consumer perceptions of value and purchase intentions. An amount off discount frame results in higher perceptions of value and purchase intentions for higher-priced products (priced over $100). Three studies consistently support this prediction. Experiment 1 examines the interactive effects of amount off versus percentage off deals as a function of higher versus lower-priced products. For a higher-priced product, consumers prefer the offer more in terms of both value and purchase intentions when the discount is presented as amount off rather than the percentage off. For a lower-priced product (less than $100), the results, though not statistically significant, indicate a reverse pattern. Experiment 2 demonstrates that the result (amount off is better than percentage off) generalizes across higher price levels. Finally, Experiment 3 affirms that the result (amount off is better than percentage off for higher-priced products) generalizes across discount levels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1022-1027
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Business Research
Issue number3
Early online date29 Aug 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016


  • Discount
  • Price format
  • Pricing
  • Value perceptions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Marketing


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