Are you a brand snob?

@lisado (1230)
United States
February 16, 2007 7:42pm CST
Do you think that generic products are as good as name brand? For example, I took some generic Benadryl earlier and I don't think that it works as well as the name brand, but since my insurance paid for it they wanted me to get the generic. I also HATE generic steak sauce. It HAS to be A-1. Are you picky or will generic products work for you?
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@freak369 (5120)
• United States
17 Feb 07
I used to be a brand snob but when the brood came along, well, that ALL changed LOL. There are some things that I refuse to skimp on like Heinz Ketchup or Skippy peanut butter but as far as shampoo, hair spray, batteries and things like that, it usually comes down to what costs the least, what is on sale and what I have coupons for. Most of the medicines I buy are the brand names but if there is a comparable Rite Aid one, I will give it a try and see how it works. I think there are some people that just don't care how much money they spend, I have a friend that just tosses anything into the cart without looking to see what's on sale. Then, a week later, she is flat broke because she had to have five containers of Ben & Jerry's ice cream instead of buying a half gallon of something else.
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@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
17 Feb 07
generic products do work for me for as long as these products are approved and are safe. but i admit, when it comes to medicines, sometimes i am brand conscious. but i do take in generic medications, too and i say, they do work as well. when it comes to food, i do go for branded ones. sometimes, generic ones taste really bad and are of low quality.
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@vivasuzi (4127)
• United States
17 Feb 07
I go back and forth. My fiance has taught me that kroger brand items can taste the same as the real brand, however a lot of times I'd rather have brand name. Like with medicene, I always want excedrin over the store brand. Perhaps the store brand works just the same, but you get hooked on something and it's all you want! For shoes, purses and such, I almost always buy offbrand b/c brand names are expensive! For those things, I go by looks, and if it looks good, I don't care who made it. For food, we now only buy kroger brand cereal, but I have to have KRAFT when it comes to ranch dressing :) So I think in some cases generic is fine (Marshmellow Treasures taste just like Lucky Charms) but in other cases I must have the brand name!
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@kareng (18838)
• United States
17 Feb 07
I suppose I am like you on this one and it depends on the product. I use generic Aleve all the time and it works for me. It is about half the price of the brand name so I come out ahead. Now if it didn't work, I'd spend the extra for relief! Withs foods, I have found that it is hit or miss and just depends on the product. I guess you have to decide for yourself via trial and error!
• United States
17 Feb 07
I generally like the brand name items, but will try the generic to see if they are just as good or better. For medicines I have found that the brand seems to work better for me, but the generic is SO MUCH CHEAPER! For some food items I've tried the the store brand and some of the items are actually better than brand name ones. I think it's just try and see and go with what you like best.
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@hcromer (2711)
• United States
20 Feb 07
Peter Pan - Peter Pan peanut butter, MMMMM
Most of the time I will get generic products because I have a really horrible paying job, but when it comes to peanut butter, I won't eat anything generic.
@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
18 Feb 07
It all depends on what I'm buying. Many generic products are just as good, and some are even better than the name brand ones. I won't buy generic toilet paper. I only use Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing. The kids will drink some of the store brand pop, but I don't care for it. I prefer Pepsi. As long as the quality is equal, generic is fine. I will try things once. If I'm not satisfied, I will go back to the name brand product. I like the store brand paper plates from Wal-Mart, and the Spartan ones because they are both inexpensive and grease resistant. I use them all the time. I have compared ingredients and checked with the pharmacist on many over the counter medications. If my pharmacist assures me that they are equal, that that's good enough for me.