Rural Chinese children as consumers: Consumption experience and information sourcing

Kara Chan*, James U. McNeal

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This study examines how often rural children in Mainland China interact with different types of retail shops, how they learn about new products and services, and their attitudes toward different sources of product information. A survey of 1008 rural children aged from 5 to 13 years, in four Chinese provinces, was conducted in March 2003. Results indicated that rural Chinese children have limited access to various types of retail shops. Rural children perceived personal sources more useful as well as more credible than commercial sources in obtaining information about new products and services. Older children found parents and grandparents less useful and less credible than younger children for new production information. However, older children did not find peers more useful and credible than younger children.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-192
JournalJournal of Consumer Behaviour
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2006


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