Branded or not branded? Premium or value range products?

@catalady (363)
August 16, 2010 11:05am CST
Do you think that branded products are better than non branded/shops own and premium ranges better than the value range products? Up until last week I was generally convinced that most unbranded or cheaper versions of products were almost if not as good as the more expensive versions and I would certainly not buy the top end products, partly because I couldn't afford them! Last week someone recommended a premium quailty range of hair care products to me, infact she raved about them and challenged me to try them and not be happy with them. I usually buy good quality hair products but certainly not the expensive premium products. Anyway, after much deliberation I decided to try the products she talked about ( they were on special offer so it seemd a good time to try them :o) ) I am now completely converted...I have used these products a couple of times and the difference in my hair is so visible , I love it and will certainly be buying them in the future! Have you tried any premium products and fallen in love with them or do you swear by any value range products?
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@AutumnGold (1062)
16 Aug 10
Hello Cat. I'm a mixture of both really. Some unbranded products are equally as good as the branded ones but others are a waste of money. I always buy branded essentials such as soap, toothpaste, shampoo etc because they last longer and are much better quality.
@catalady (363)
16 Aug 10
I will agree with you there Autumn :o) Some things are just false economy aren't they.
16 Aug 10
That,s right, especially stuff like washing up liquid, you just use three times as much so it costs more in the long run. Hello Dazzlebox. I'm good thanks, hows you?
@catalady (363)
16 Aug 10
Oh Yes....there's only one washing up liquid as far as I am concerned. I have tried others but none can match my favourite in either performance or how long it lasts :o)
@MrDollars (454)
• Australia
18 Aug 10
Well thing is, I do not have that kind of money for branded items so I tend to stick with cheap things and whether or not it is comfortable or works probably for you etc. I personally think that should be the main thing to worry about. On whether the thing you have bought is something that is actually worth buying instead of just getting it only because it has a well known brand name. $-MrDollars-$
@catalady (363)
18 Aug 10
Yes I agree with you to some extent and very often what I buy is dictated by my budget, but there are certain things that I will pay more for because I know that in the long run they will last longer and are better value so worth paying that bit extra for
• Australia
18 Aug 10
Well tht is what I mean also. It is great to buy something as long as it will work for a long time. What I also mean is, a lot of people just buy the expensive stuff so they can show it off to their friends. But you are smarter than those kind of people. Like you said. You would pay a little more for certain things because you actually know how good they are and are worth it. $-MrDollars-$
@cher913 (25897)
• Canada
17 Aug 10
i am always on the lookout for a bargain, so i use anything that is on sale or the store brand of a product.
@catalady (363)
17 Aug 10
I think that is probably what I generally do cher, but hadn't really evaluated it before
@julsie (70)
17 Aug 10
over the summer i had bad hayfever and was buying top brand meds, but they just werent working so i was looking for something else. when i my local home bargins i found value hayfever tablets for 50p and they worked fantastic. sometimes its better to try the cheaper option.
@catalady (363)
17 Aug 10
Wow...there's the proof then that the non branded products are better sometimes, that's great for you..I get hayfever too so I know how important it is to find something to alleviate the symptoms...cos it's miserable! I love Home Bargains too :o)
@BigTips (305)
• China
17 Aug 10
In most cases, according to what I know, those branded products are better than non branded ones. You see, in my country, people often say that Nothing for nothing and very little for a half penny, which means that those products with higher prices will have higher quality. These days, in my country, the products that do harm to our health is filled with the market. If you want to keep healthy, purchasing those branded products is becoming a better choice obviously.
@catalady (363)
17 Aug 10
I like that quote BigTips..very logical really, and very often true too. I know just what you mean about the harmful products, which often are the cheaper products, being so readily available and taking over the shelves. I was looking in my supermarket the other day and noticed how the unhealthy foods are so much cheaper than the healthier options
• Philippines
16 Aug 10
The good thing about products, branded or not branded, is that you will always have a variety of selections. True that there are a lot of Top End quality but if it's not withing your budget reach, well, there are still other choices. My mom is, well, I've mentioned in some of my post likes to shop and she really gave me advices on how to be a wise shopper. Before, her lotion was Ashley (i know it was an expensive brand) something - but now she uses Vaseline. LOL. Big switch. LOL. I asked her though why she mad the switch. She told me it has the same quality though the Ashley lotion has more top end kind of name than vaseline. She's being practical and that's what I am trying to do also. lol. :d
@catalady (363)
16 Aug 10
Indeed...selection and choice is always good and we are all individuals and what suits one doesn't suit another... but as you say there are plenty of products onthe market to suit every pocket nowadays
@jugsjugs (13047)
16 Aug 10
I tend to buy what ever is the cheepest,as i find that dearer brands do not last any longer.If a branded product is in a sale then i sometimes buy it,but only if it is the same price as other brands.
@catalady (363)
16 Aug 10
Hi jugs, I agree with you on some items but I do think that some of the premium quality products do last longer because you don't need to use as much of the product to get a good result as a cheaper brand..of course this applies to toiletries, cleaning stuff etc not food stuffs.
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• United States
17 Aug 10
I don't think its all in a brand, but I do think that many brands that are better equal better quality. I often buy not the best of the best always but the next step down. I find that products i've had better success that way.