do you look at BRAND when buying things like appliances?

@eolivan (414)
Philippines
February 16, 2007 10:14pm CST
Are you brand conscious when buying like TV or Cellphone or do you go with any brand? What if there's this new technology but it came from a brand you don't trust, do you buy and try it out or wait for others to try it first?
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9 responses
• United States
17 Feb 07
I am brand conscious when it comes to expensive electronics. You pretty much get what you pay for with tvs, and if you don't shell out enough to start with, you'll be paying for it again, and again, and again... Sony, Panasonic, Magnavox, these are names I trust. If I've never heard of a brand, I steer clear.
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@chiyosan (29388)
• Philippines
1 Apr 07
oh yes! we have once tried a brand that is not very famous, got it because of the salesman... but then it did not last very long. wrong decision.
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@eolivan (414)
• Philippines
1 Apr 07
oh really? that sucks, you were already "forced" to buy but then the product didn't last as expected. that's very irritating, especially when a product has a very good use for you then it doesn't last or not worth the money you put in...
@babyhar (1339)
• Canada
4 Mar 07
I don't pay attention to brand names at all when it comes to buying appliances or electronics. It is more important for me to get a good price for whatever I am going to buy. I do a lot of comparative shopping and I am always looking for the best deal for my dollar. I tend to do a lot of research as well when it comes to purchasing anything that will cost a good amount of money. I know that my main focus is to get the best value for my dollar, hands down. If it is a brand name item, I would want it to be bought outright and not one of these pay it off as you go type things. Whenever I went to buy electronics or appliances for myself or another person I would always look at the price more than anything. I wanted it to be a half decent item, I would not settle for something that was a cheap price and actually was cheaply made as well. The last thing I want is the gift I bought someone to fall apart on them when they're using it. I've had people give me things that they didn't do any research on and those items fell apart before I could get any good use out of it. I really don't like brand names as well because to me, it doesn't matter to me who made the item. It's important to me that these products work and work for quite some time. I'd like them to be quality items as well. I'm not necessarily concerned on who made the item except so I know where I should send it if it needs repair. A brand name doesn't necessarily instill a feeling of comfort to me. It can break down just as easily as a no name product. For example, we just recently bought a cordless phone and we did not even look at the brand name before buying it. It wasn't a real big deal to us at all. We haven't had a problem with it since we began using it. None of the appliances that we have right now really have any problems except the old cordless phone we used to have. The battery is really strange in that one and loses it's charge really quickly, why I don't know. Oh I almost forgot there was another appliance we had issues with as well.. It was indeed a brand name item & we thought we had gotten our moneys worth.. It was a gift as well for Christmas & the person wanted us to pick it out instead of them purchasing something we didn't like for us.. Well it was a blender & when we went to use it.. We we're making a fruit shake & when we we're done making it.. We went to take the pitcher top off of the blender.. And the bottom of it fell right out. We had the fruit shake absolutely everywhere.. We took it back & got a no name blender instead & it works 10 x better than the brand name item we had purchased before hand.. So it just goes to show that no name products work just as good as brand name.. We've found they work even better half of the time! If there was a new technology that had just come out I wouldn't go ahead and just buy it. I would wait a while until the price came down and there had been some reviews written about it. Even then, it would have to be something that I would absolutely need or I would have to be able to afford it. I would not just go buy something for the pure heck of spending money.... I'm not that type of person. When it comes to buying something to try it out first I would not even do that. I would take a trip to my neighborhood electronics store and ask an associate there to show me the exact electronics item or appliance I was thinking of buying. I would try it out there before buying it because I don't want to buy something to try it when I don't even have to do that. I can just go into the store and try it there for free and THEN make up my mind whether or not it's the right product for me. In conclusion, I am not really a brand conscious person. I try more for getting the most for my dollar. I don't really care about who built it or how much it cost to build it.... All I care about is that it functions properly & gets the job done! . . Thanks for allowing me to share! xx
@eolivan (414)
• Philippines
4 Mar 07
I get your point. i also believe that branded products also started with no name but got the brand because of working and successful products they have. another reason why some people buy branded products is because there are many products sold here which are imitations and they don't really last that long but are way too cheap. like you can buy more than 10 of it compared to branded ones. but although if the 10 lasts the same as the 1 for the branded, i would go to the branded just for the sake of the hassle it will bring going back 10 times. and since its imitation, it doesn't have warranty or repairs would cost more than buying a new one. regarding your cordless, i think you just have to change your battery for it to work properly again. cordless batteries last only for about 1 or 2 years use. they're just rechargeable batteries and also get worn out. thanks for your ideas and opinions.
@dmillman (2273)
• United States
17 Feb 07
I'm VERY brand consious when it comes to expensive items. I always stick to the ones that I know have good reputations. I can't trust these new companies that just come out of nowhere and then disapear into thin air - not when there's a lot of money on the line of if it's something that's VERY important to me. I've always been that way. I'll try new brands of grocery-type items if I'm interested in the item. So i'm not 100% brand consious. Although, there are some things I'll never change, like using Tide - it's been used my whole life. I tried some of the other brands, nut they just didn't hold up at all, so I gave up trying to find one.
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@eolivan (414)
• Philippines
19 Feb 07
yes, i do believe it's hard to shell out a very big amount of hard-earned money to experiment with :)
@mayenskie (1308)
• Philippines
9 May 07
Not really. Usually i do some canvassing, going around from a couple of stores before deciding on buying to compare prices. I am not so much of a brand conscious since i check the price first. It does not mean i only buy cheap appliances. I often decide to buy appliances that has reputation of good quality and therefore would last long, hence worth the money i take out from my savings.
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@hottie0728 (1732)
• United States
19 Feb 07
I like brand named merchandise most especially on electronics. Electronis are very critical! When you take a risk of buying a no name electronic item, most likely it wouldn't last long. Brand names like Sony and Nokia for cellfones are trusted already so it's better to buy them even if they are more expensive than buying the cheaper no name brand and they will just waste your money. I believe that Brand names are worth it and I like their quality more.
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• Philippines
19 Feb 07
When it comes to appliances, I consider its brand name. I go for the brand that is known even it is more expensive. But if my budget can't buy the known brand, I'll consider the cheaper brand but with others recommendation.
@rain07 (132)
• Philippines
19 Feb 07
When it comes to buying electronic gadgets, I really depend on the brand that we trust. Although most of the trusted brands retails more expensive items, you're sure that you'll get the quality service you desire. Also, you wouldn't want your money to go to waste. But in case of less expensive items, it would also be a nice idea to try out other names. You might discover the same quality with a price that doesn't require you to spend a lot.
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@mkeanel01 (975)
• Philippines
19 Feb 07
yeah..and i believe i was in the circle of brand conscious people..im very strict to brands..coz i like my appliances to be long lasting and has quality on it..so that my money is worth it..
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