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Generics to buy instead of brand names

Some grocery shoppers swear by generic-brand products, others avoid them in favor of known names. When does it make sense to go generic?

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Nov 26, 2013 8:36PM
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The author is obviously not a beer drinker.
Nov 26, 2013 9:04PM
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Beer?  I'm pretty cheap but I'll draw the line there.
Nov 26, 2013 11:54PM
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Almost all generics - from foods to car tires - are actually produced by major labels.  Why would they do that?  Green Giant, for example can only sell so many cans of beans at $1.20, but since the cost is so low to produce, they'll sell even more beans at $.60 without hurting their higher priced sales.  People perceive a higher price as higher quality which is completely false thinking. 
Nov 26, 2013 8:32PM
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Look at the first ingredient when you buy baby formula.  If it lists high fructose corn syrup back away.  All formulas are NOT made alike.  Do not buy the fructose corn syrup in a can!
Nov 26, 2013 9:18PM
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My wife uses some generics, but beer, hotdogs, soda, etc. - you have to be kidding.
Nov 26, 2013 9:32PM
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Pain relievers/allergy pills are a good example of how to save money. Benadryl for allergies costs around $6 for 24 tablets, Walmart brand around $2.50, but if you buy Walmart brand PM pain reliever you get 24 for $.88! They all have the exact same ingredients!
Nov 27, 2013 12:40AM
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I worked for a food wholesaler for several years. The generic tomato products came out of the same cannery as Del Monte. The spices were through McCormick. Usually only the labels are different. I buy generic as much as possible.
Nov 26, 2013 9:32PM
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I consider myself a bona fide beer snob.  Regardless of cost, premium and craft beer is the only way to go.
Nov 26, 2013 10:19PM
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Yes I disagree with the beer, I say you get what you pay for when it comes to beer 99cents for 24oz = yuck !
Nov 26, 2013 8:38PM
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most American beer is watered down pee.
Nov 26, 2013 8:45PM
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What no Keystone Beer? Come on. It's Coors in a different package. Drinking one right now!
Nov 27, 2013 1:22AM
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Non of those testers have ever worked in a cannery or food packing plant I used to work for Birdseye, when the quality of the produce went down it was packaged under another label and it went down from there to  dump the worst into  puree for baby food and soups etc when the beans get tough they aren't good for the top label so are sold for other uses.


Nov 26, 2013 8:19PM
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So, basically everything one might buy on a trip to the supermarket or pharmacy. 
No surprise there. In many cases the majority of a product's costs can be attributed to marketing costs. 
Nov 26, 2013 10:26PM
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True, gasoline is gasoline, usually. However, for those individuals driving newer cars there is a difference. Manufacturers have developed a level of "top tier" gasoline standards, they  offer a better detergent package and help with newer vehicle operating systems that are closely monitored by the vehicles computer. Using less than "top tier" gasoline does in fact lead to lower fuel economy and potential (and noticeable) vehicle performance. While I use "cheap brand" gasoline in my own truck (older fuel injected model) when I expect the best performance from it I do only use "top tier" suppliers. Just saying sometime we reap what we sow....if your vehicle is running poorly, it just may need a better quality fuel.
Nov 26, 2013 9:23PM
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costco batteries are very weak.   last 1/2 as long as name brands.  Costco beer not for me, bad taste..
Nov 26, 2013 10:16PM
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Only one OJ for me.  It's Florida's Natural.  No frozen juice imported from whereever and reconstituted.
Nov 26, 2013 11:43PM
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If you're dumb enough to pay for bottled water, get the good stuff.
Nov 27, 2013 12:30PM
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happy Thanksgiving to everbody,DRIVE SAFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nov 26, 2013 11:17PM
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Way to recycle the same article from 3 days ago.
Nov 27, 2013 12:18AM
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Although the off-brands are cheaper , as always be label smart and check contents against the brand names . There are some good products out there . As far as labels are concerned my eyes were opened years ago when I took a temporary job in a men ' s coat factory . We made coats for 10 different labels , but they were all cut from the same bolts of material and sewn in the same manner . They became different labels at the end of the process when the label machines added the label . Better off to look at quality of the material and the quality of stitching . Be dollar wise and not duped by the labels.
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