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Why We Buy, Updated and Revised Edition

The Science of Shopping
Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
Length: 12 hrs
Categories: Business, Marketing
4 out of 5 stars (247 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Revolutionary retail guru Paco Underhill is back with a completely revised edition of his classic, witty, best-selling book on our ever-evolving consumer culture—full of fresh observations and important lessons from the cutting edge of retail, which is taking place in the world’s emerging markets. New material includes:

  • The latest trends in online retail—what retailers are doing right and what they’re doing wrong—and how nearly every Internet retailer from iTunes to Amazon can drastically improve how it serves its customers.
  • A guided tour of the most innovative stores, malls, and retail environments around the world—almost all of which are springing up in countries where prosperity is new. An enormous indoor ski slope attracts shoppers to a mall in Dubai; an uber luxurious São Paulo department store provides its customers with personal shoppers; a mall in South Africa has a wave pool for surfing.

The new Why We Buy is an essential guide—it offers advice on how to keep your changing customers and entice new and eager ones.

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“At last, here is a book that gives this underrated skill the respect it deserves.” ( New York Times)

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Should have read this in college

If you could sum up Why We Buy, Updated and Revised Edition in three words, what would they be?

Here's My Money

Any additional comments?

Reviewing these topics that I learned in college was a nice refresher. For anyone who has not been trained in retail, this is a great listen as to why money is flying from our pockets.

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  • 09-08-17

Relevant to retail stores, not to Ecommerce

If you do retail in a brick and mortar store, this is a great book. If you do Ecommerce only, this book doesn't have much to offer.

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Learn How Stores Market To The General Public

My husband and I were recommended this book for a long trip. Neither one of us are into marketing or retail or anything like that. In fact, I am a legal assistant and he is a network administrator. So we were curious why a friend was so enthusiastic about this listen. WOW! We learned a lot and, have since then, listened again several times and turned others on to it.

If you ever wondered why grocery stores are basically laid out in the same way, or grouping of items occur the same in stores, this book will answer that and many more questions.

I wish this book would get updated every ten years. I would surely buy each revised edition!

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Not a great read

A very poor read as the writer was more interested in personal appeasement than articulating the subject at hand.
Very pushy on views that are obsolete in a bid to maintain niche market and position self as an authority.
I never loose with any book I read but this was a challenge trying to take away some points but I did.

Don't get too excited when you buy this book, not much might be learned except listening to deliberate mention of big name companies to justify industry position

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Great, insightful book, but could do with an update

This is a really book that gives a great insight into human nature. Oh, and shopping.
My only reservation is that feels about 10 years out of date, particularly on the topics of technology and the internet and on the gender defined habits of men and women.
In both cases, Paco acknowledges that these things are changing, but in the time since this book was last updated (2009ish?) it feels like an awful lot has changed.
Otherwise, however, this book is well pitched at the interested amateur and the style is relatively light and playful, while retaining it's insightfulness!

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ok

good ideas but aimed at large retail storefronts was just looking for something i could adapt for my small retail business

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a, comprehensive review of shopping

Thought provoking for anyone in retail industries. This book is a must for any business that wants to improve customer experience and really understand their customer.

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very insightful

this was a very informative book things that seem simple in North America are rarely done that would improve a customer's experience and businesses bottom line

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"HOW" we buy, not "WHY" we buy.

Great if you want to dive on how people buy but the title is not accurate. There is no WHY but a great description on the specific dynamics that happen on the point of sale

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Oudated and self promoting

I read the book in 2016 and found it outdated on many subjects and grossly off the mark on the impact the web would have on buying.
I also found somewhat disturbing the self promotion in which the author indulges, from time to time.

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  • 10-16-17

Must read

Fantastic content for inquiring minds.

Really easy to listen to, understand, and enjoy!

Buy now!

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  • Virginia
  • 10-26-11

Perhaps better on paper

Two stars is perhaps a little unfair - the content is interesting and worth a read. It's probably better in paper form though as it's far too easy for the mind to wander from the detail of the narrative without the text to concentrate the mind.

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