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Survey: 3D Product Images Sell, Lead to Fewer Product Returns

By DE Editors

A majority of consumers say being able to see 3D images of prospective purchases online makes them more likely to buy those products, more likely to consider them high quality and less likely to return them, according to an Autodesk, Inc. Design Survey conducted in early June.

At the same time, more than two-thirds of respondents suggest they would like to learn about products through 3D images that can be zoomed in and out, and they prefer web sites that allow them to see how a product works in the real world before they purchase.

“The business takeaway is clear: 3D is now mandatory table stakes for doing business—it’s expected by consumers embracing 3D images in movies, games and, soon, TVs and computers,” says Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “The good news is affordable 3D visualization tools that drive sales and boost margins for merchants and manufacturers are now available to give consumers what they expect.”

Among the findings on 3D visualization and probable consumer behavior in a survey conducted by Infogroup’s Opinion Research Corporation (ORC):

  • More than 80% of consumers say online 3D images make them more likely to purchase a product.
  • 65% say they would be less likely to return a product after viewing it in 3D online.
  • 78% say 3D images make them “comfortable” that the product they are viewing is high quality.
  • About 60% say they would be more likely to purchase if they had 3D instructions showing how to assemble and use a product.
  • Though consumers say 3D makes them more likely to buy and less likely to return products, only 31% say they would pay more for a product they see in 3D online.
  • Preference for 3D images online increases with income: half of those with annual incomes below $35,000 prefer 3D images of something they are interested in buying, while 70% with annual incomes of $100,000 or more prefer 3D.
  • Consumers under 65 prefer viewing 3D website images of products they are interested in buying, while consumers over 65 prefer print brochures.

For more information, visit Autodesk.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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