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Most department stores in the United States are tailored to deliver an emotional appeal, a strategy that has been used by marketers since after the civil war when women were the main targets for consumption. Retail therapy is a concept used in marketing making people purchased products to ease their emotional states. Conspicuous consumption in retail stores can be traced to attracting women as compared to men, using appealing painting, innovative lighting and other similar attractions that appeal to women’s eyes. The use of emotion is largely used in marketing photography. For instance, a photo showing the image of a woman is highly likely to be attractive.1This same approach is used in organizations marketing products to children. One of the images in the book has showed this, titled Christmas at Macy’s which shows two female children window-shopping for dolls.
Class distinction is evident through the images in the chapter. The image of “Christmas at Macy’s, 1876” differentiates an affluent class from the underprivileged. The image depicts a mother and children peeping through a window and watching people conduct a myriad of activities. For instance Marshal Field and Company (1925 and 1927), promotes an image that shows a large building with several floors. Such an image shows prosperity and progress for 1925.
The images confirm that there was an urban society at this time that was undergoing considerable urbanization. The advertisement about the eastern fair indicates an urban society that loves to celebrate. There are several events going on in the fair that define urbanization.
Information on retail therapy and emotional appeals in marketing campaigns of retail stores shows that consumption is now mainly a female role and no longer a male role as was before. Currently, marketing strategies are aimed at impressing women more as compared to men. Additionally, there are more female-targeted consumption goods as compared to male
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