Sports Products Brand Preferences of University Students in Turkey: Anadolu University Case
The aim of the study is to examine the factors affecting sports products brand preferences of the students attending the Faculty of Sport Science in Turkey and whether these factors display differences according to certain variables. The population of the current study is the students attending Anadolu University Faculty of Sport Sciences. The sampling includes a total of 369 students. In order to determine brand preferences of the students for sports products, a scale developed by Ciftci (2006) was administered. SPSS program was used for the analysis of the data.
According to exploratory factor analysis, all the sub-scales stated in the scales developed by Ciftci (2006) were found to be valid for that study. Significant differences were found in these sub-scales among the groups for various variables (p<0.05). The results of the current study show that students take the following factors into consideration while preferring the sports products they will use; the prestige due to the use of the product, brand familiarity and an easy-to-remember name, etc. The following factors are also important while students buy a sports product: not frequent changes in prices, having the same price in every shop, option of payment by credit card and the availability of other easy payment methods. Students state that the following factors are also influential in their sports brand preferences: high quality that meets the expectations; model and product variety, interesting and attractive design, high quality fabric, and the satisfaction with the other products of the brand.
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