6 generics as good as -- or better than -- name brands

What's in a name? Sometimes, not much. Here are six products where buying generic is just as good -- and cheaper.

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Sep 24, 2013 12:25AM
They are definitely correct on the massive bottled water scam that exists in this country.  The vast majority of "bottled spring water" is actually tap water produced in factories, put through a negligible filter and then sold with a bottle that has mountains on it or some other nice graphic.  Tap water in most areas is actually better, and much easier on the environment.
Sep 23, 2013 8:58PM
Heinz does not taste  like Del Monte Brand. Tasted many generic food brands and they taste different then name brands.
Sep 24, 2013 11:55AM
I was in a grocery pasta section one day and overheard 2 ladies arguing which brand was the best, Ronzoni or San Giorgio.  Having worked at the plant that produced these products as well and the store brand I told them that the store brand was just as good since the only difference was the box the pasta was packaged in.
Sep 26, 2013 6:40AM
If it's quality versus flavor, then I have to disagree with the peanut butter advice.....generic peanut
butter does NOT taste like JIF!!! It's the best!  :)

Sep 24, 2013 7:13AM
You can sell the Yuppie generation anything , especially if it's the "IN" thing to do or buy . Bottle water was , and still is the "IN" thing . Packaging and advertising sell products , and we have a society that's lead around by their noses , and can't think for themselves .  
Sep 26, 2013 6:03AM
Always read the ingredients. Always.
Sep 26, 2013 10:43AM
I'm calling bs on the battery thing. I've bought cheap batteries before and noticed they do not last as long as premium batteries.

Sep 26, 2013 5:47AM
I prefer brand name cat food to the generic stuff.  Tastes better...
Sep 24, 2013 1:22PM
I am a cheap skate.  I will buy almost anything generic.  EXCEPT pickles, peanut butter and Q-tips. 
Sep 26, 2013 7:08AM
taste is subjective therefore cannot be considered best or worst
Sep 24, 2013 1:46PM
I know where most of my generic medications come from; that is the country of their manufacture.  If they did not work, my tests would indicate that the meds are not working properly, but they are whether the med is made in India or Israel or anywhere else. What is galling is to be asked to pay $72.50 for 30 pills of a generic anti-biotic which has been on the market far longer that most Americans have been on Earth.
Sep 26, 2013 7:17AM
I highly disagree with the comment about there being no difference in ketchup and peanut butter. There is a huge difference between Heinz Ketchup and other brands including generics. As far as peanut butter goes there are no other brands besides Jif. Cheaper peanut butter gives you that oil that lays on top and just tastes, well, cheap!
Sep 24, 2013 12:41AM

The same can be said for some alcohol products. There was a test done in a lab and also in the real world at some medium to high-end bars to test to see if there was a discernible difference in high dollar vodka and cheap "generic" vodka. It was funny to see that the lab results were nearly identical to the real world results. Many who believed that they were "connoisseurs" of vodka and swore by the high priced brands and knew they could taste the difference found that 8 times out of 10 they picked the lower to medium priced brands. Oh, how embarrassing! The results were worse when a mixed drink was involved. But most said they would continue to buy the high priced brand because it was all about how others perceived them and their "tastes" in alcohol even though any brand got them drunk with an equal amount of consumption. But, whiskey, most beers, scotch, and other similar alcohols, more could tell the difference in taste from their favorite and preferred brand.

Sep 24, 2013 12:10AM
there's definitely a taste difference.
Sep 26, 2013 5:45AM
The only one I didn't agree with was the water one.  In our house, we drink ~15 gallons of water per week.  Put up tap water, cheap store brand, to good water and I can taste the difference.  I'm not condoning buying Dasani or Aquafina even though they taste excellent.  The most economical thing for us has been using culligan's 5-gallon water refill machines at around $0.35 per gallon and tastes great too.  

I read about tap water being so regulated, but when it smells like fungus and tastes like dirt.  I don't think some scientists pulling up a small sample of tap water is going to represent their entire system.
Sep 24, 2013 12:23PM
There are 2 products I always buy named brand. First is Best Foods Mayo and the second is Crest toothpaste. Other than that I am open to generics.
Sep 24, 2013 5:21PM
America must be the most addicted country in the world.  Televsion has become endless and back to back "ask your doctor" ads.  I don't care if it is gneric or name brand, the point is "ask your doctor" ads are, in my opinion, destroying the country.  We have more and more "alzheimer's" patients who have lost their memory and I think that is largely due to pills they've taken for years.  But, there are no "studies" that I have seen to veriby that.  I imagine those studies would not be legal.  The government allows this addiction and to allow it means they are a part of it, as I see it.  The US government must be the biggest drug dealer in the country.  They won't shut down on Oct 1 but I hope they will. But, taxes will rise.
Sep 24, 2013 12:21PM
Yep some things you can skimp on some you can't. We've been using pennzoil for 50 years ain't going to change now. Same way as our liquior its Johnnie walker or nothing. Yep some things are worth the extra money.
Sep 23, 2013 10:44PM

I would like to know how and who actually makes these  so called tests? Also be able to back up their results, I don't think that they could actually do this with integrity.  Our eyes and taste buds say that they are totally wrong.

Sep 24, 2013 2:18PM
I make just about everything from scratch, so there is rarely such a thing as brand-name or store-brand in my shopping cart.
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