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Do Consumers Always Follow "Useful" Reviews? The Interaction Effect of Review Valence and Review Usefulness on Consumers’ Purchase Decisions

YL Jia, LB Equal Contribution Liu

Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology | Wiley | Published : 2018


Consumers are influenced by both online review valence and usefulness. Although some scholars have recognized the gatekeeping role of review usefulness, whereby consumers always follow “useful” reviews, this is the first study that attempts to provide a better understanding of the gatekeeping role of review valence. Drawing on loss aversion theory, we propose that review valence provides more diagnostic value than review usefulness. Its crucial role is demonstrated in that only when reviews are perceived as positive do highly useful (rather than lowly useful) reviews increase consumers' adoption of them, whereas the difference appears less evident when reviews are perceived as negative. We e..

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