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Affluent shoppers were 47% more likely than shoppers earning less than $100K annually to make an online purchase in the first quarter of 2013, and on average they spent 41% more on individual purchases, according to a recent report by Martini Media and comScore.

The gap between affluent and non-affluent spending grew in 1Q13 compared with the December 2012 holiday period, when affluent consumers were only 31% more likely to buy and spent only 15% more.

Below, additional key findings from the Affluent Online Shopper Index, which tracked of the online shopping behavior of those with household incomes greater than $100K annually in 4Q12 and 1Q13.

A Taste for Luxury 

  • Affluent consumers in 1Q13 were 7% more likely to visit luxury retail sites and made 16% more visits per visitor than those earning under $100K.
  • Affluent shoppers were 74% more likely to make a purchase on a luxury site, and they spent an average of $184 per purchase—51% more than those earning under $100K.
  • These gaps were much smaller during the 2012 holiday period, when affluent users were only 47% more likely to buy on a luxury site and spent only 25% more than non-affluent shoppers.

What They're Buying

Affluent spending in 1Q13 indexed especially high in the apparel, accessories and jewelry, general services, and event and movie tickets categories; that was consistent with previous-quarter data. 

In 1Q13, affluent consumers spent on average...

  • $171 on event and movie tickets
  • $163 on apparel, accessories and jewelry
  • $155 on electronics and computing
  • $122 on home and living
  • $113 on general services

About the research: The Affluent Online Shopper Index was based on comScore data. It examined the behavior of the online affluent audience (defined as those with a household income greater than $100K) by indexing affluent users (across the Internet) against non-affluent online users (HHI < $100K).

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Ayaz Nanji is a digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Media, a marketing agency specializing in content and social media services for tech firms. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.

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