Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Consumers in the U.S.: DIY Markets in a Down Economy

Jun 1, 2009
202 Pages - Pub ID: LA2118693
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As the worst economic downturn in living memory stretches relentlessly into 2009, American consumers in every walk of life are searching for new ways to cope with their diminished financial circumstances and to empower themselves by taking more control of their lives in uncertain times. One increasingly popular survival strategy adopted by more and more American consumers is to take on routine chores and tackle major projects themselves rather than paying others to do them.

This completely new Packaged Facts report takes an in-depth look at the exploding population of do-it-yourselfers (DIYers) in remarkably diverse sectors of the economy, including home improvement, food gardening, financial services, automotive and beauty care. By drilling down into Experian Simmons National Consumer Study (NCS) data, the report highlights what makes DIY consumers tick and shows how they differ from their do-it-for me (DIFM) counterparts. The report reveals how the DIY movement is taking hold throughout the American economy, creating both challenges and opportunities for marketers in a wide range of industries.

The report begins with an assessment of the trends shaping the DIY consumer movement and an evaluation of the opportunities created by the shift toward self-sufficiency on the part of American consumers. The next chapter provides an overview of the demographics of DIY consumers and an analysis of the size and projected growth of the DIY consumer population. The report continues with separate chapters on DIYers in five major areas: home improvement, food gardening, financial services, automotive and at-home beauty care. Each chapter includes a demographic profile of DIYers, highlights key DIY consumer attitudes, analyzes DIY consumer shopping behavior and assesses the importance of DIY consumers to marketers in each area.

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About the Author

Dr. Robert Brown and Ms. Ruth Washton have written more than 30 Packaged Facts reports analyzing demographic trends and marketing strategies in key consumer segments. Topics have ranged from kids to mature consumers to multicultural groups such as Hispanics and African Americans. Dr. Brown and Ms. Washton have co- authored several Financial Times Business Reports on strategic business issues and have provided market and competitor intelligence studies for clients in a variety of industries. Dr. Brown has a B.S. from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. degree from The George Washington University. Ms. Washton has a B.A from Skidmore College and an M.A. from the State University of New York.

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