Generic vs brand name products

@snowy22315 (101994)
United States
November 21, 2020 11:48am CST
I will tend to buy generic products most of the time, because they are cheaper, unless I have a reason to buy a brand name or there is not much difference in price, I don't do it. I think most generic products are reasonable facsimiles of the product they are imitating but not always. I was eating a Quaker white cheese rice cake which is really a heck of alot better than the generic of this I was eating last week. It is worth paying a few cents more for. Do you stick to brand names or buy generic? Is it worth it to you to go brand name?
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@CarolDM (102792)
• United States
21 Nov
Depends. Things like peanut butter, gotta go with Jif.
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@snowy22315 (101994)
• United States
21 Nov
I buy generic peanut butter. most of the time. If I have a coupon or rebate or really want the best I will go namebrand..When you are buying tools or something namebrand is more expensive but tend to work better and be more durable.
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• Sonora, California
21 Nov
Rice Cakes are definitely something I prefer to buy brand name...
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@snowy22315 (101994)
• United States
21 Nov
I don't really buy rice cakes often..but they have their place I guess. They taste a bit like chips or something for hardly any calories.
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• Sonora, California
21 Nov
@snowy22315 I don’t buy them often either, but when I do it’s usually Quaker
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@snowy22315 (101994)
• United States
21 Nov
@Michellekidwell I had kind of enjoyed the generic ones I had, so when I saw the Quaker brand..i thought I would compare the two,,and these are quite good.
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@Kasjnak (4429)
• Romania
21 Nov
Brand names usually means verified and trustworthy products. Usually, but not always . Still, I prefer generic products, there is no need to spend a lot of money for a 'name'.
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@snowy22315 (101994)
• United States
22 Nov
Yeah, it helps to compare ingredients though...generics often have the same ingredients but not in the exact portions or something.
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@Kasjnak (4429)
• Romania
23 Nov
@snowy22315 it's like the first issue from a fashion designer. It has the best materials and many unique things, but then comes the second issue, then the third, fourth and so on. Last one usually is the cheapest, but it still has his name.
@NJChicaa (91758)
• United States
21 Nov
I usually go with store brands
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@snowy22315 (101994)
• United States
21 Nov
In most cases, I think you are better off. I think when it really matters though, name brand may be the way to go.
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@LadyDuck (311883)
• Switzerland
22 Nov
It depends what. There are a few things that I only buy from well known brands, but a lot of things generic are as good as the brand products.
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@snowy22315 (101994)
• United States
22 Nov
Yes, why pay more?
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@LadyDuck (311883)
• Switzerland
22 Nov
@snowy22315 The big companies already make enough money.
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@snowy22315 (101994)
• United States
22 Nov
@LadyDuck Probably so
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@sophie09 (32175)
• Indonesia
22 Nov
i usually buy the generic. and i buy the brand one for the things that i really need to
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@snowy22315 (101994)
• United States
22 Nov
Sometimes if you have a really good coupon or rebate that essentially makes the item free, I buy name brand but not that often.
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@sophie09 (32175)
• Indonesia
22 Nov
@snowy22315 yes not that often. brand is not really the matter
@just4him (226989)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
22 Nov
I tend to go generic as much as possible. There are some items that are better with the name brand, but not many. I'm glad you found the name brand rice cake was better than the generic.
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@snowy22315 (101994)
• United States
22 Nov
Yeah, not sure of the price difference, but whatever it is, it is worth it.
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@just4him (226989)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
22 Nov
@snowy22315 Yes, it is.
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@sharon6345 (256184)
• United States
21 Nov
when it comes to food I find it is a lot better to go with aldi brand since they are using the real brand with their labels. Veggies in other brands need a magic touch to taste good. I notice that as far as paper goods are concerned bounty has a brand called plenty that is better than bounty original but it is hard to find everywhere.
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@snowy22315 (101994)
• United States
21 Nov
I will be on the look out for that.
@sharon6345 (256184)
• United States
21 Nov
@snowy22315 You will save money.
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@jaboUK (61420)
• United Kingdom
22 Nov
I often use supermarkets' own brands, but as you say some of them aren't so good. Then I go back to the recognised brands.
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@snowy22315 (101994)
• United States
22 Nov
Yes, kind of a guessing game with generics..although some are manufactured by brand names under a different label. Some are quite good.
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@JudyEv (227787)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov
Mostly I buy generic but, like you, I find some items are better if you buy the brand name.
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@snowy22315 (101994)
• United States
22 Nov
Yes, this is true.
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• United States
21 Nov
I stick with generic most of the time but I have to have Hellmans mayo and Heinz ketchup
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@snowy22315 (101994)
• United States
21 Nov
I love Heinz Kstchup but unless I have some kind of deal on it I dont buy it.
@FourWalls (29161)
• Louisville, Kentucky
21 Nov
Rarely is it “worth it” to me to buy the name brand. Maybe I’m “used to” the generics, but all in all, I find that things like generic medications work just as well as the brand name things...and store brand zinc is about half the cost of Zicam! Having said that, I have found a couple of generic brands that were awful, but to their credit the store backed their brand and replaced it with the “name brand” version!
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@snowy22315 (101994)
• United States
21 Nov
That is great!
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@GreatMartin (16742)
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
21 Nov
I know from personal experience that they are the EXACT same product with only the label changed!!!
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@snowy22315 (101994)
• United States
21 Nov
It depends...there is a big differnce between certain products like the rice cakes for instance. When it comes to medicines I compare labels.
@Hannihar (106358)
• Israel
22 Nov
@snowy22315 I like brand products and do not really pay attention to generic ones.
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@Courtlynn (69939)
• United States
21 Nov
Depends what it is. Like you said. I like quakers buttered rice cakes
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