Cait Poynor Lamberton

University of Pittsburgh

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Associate professor of business and an expert in consumer behavior for the University of Pittsburgh

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Apple announced a new high-tech watch yesterday, and people who never thought they wanted a watch can’t wait to get their hands on one.

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Apple announced a new high-tech watch yesterday, and people who never thought they wanted a watch can’t wait to get their hands on one.

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