Most of the studies on bundling have focused on pure bundles; the literature has paid little attention to mixed bundles, in which the bundle item could be bought separately. Our research fills the literature gap by conducting a field study and a computer interactive experimental design. The results show that the prices of the focal item and the tie-in item have asymmetric effects on consumers' purchase intentions in regard to the whole bundle. Specifically, a price discount on the focal item is more effective in enhancing purchase intentions than on the tie-in. Also, a high priced tie-in may result in bundle choice deferral. Finally, when consumers choose the tie-in, content preference is more important than brand preference in CD bundle choices. The findings suggest that CD retailers should offer a high price discount on the focal item rather than on the tie-in, in their pricing and product strategies for bundling promotion.
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