Post # 1
When it comes to food, household, and beauty products are you a brand snob? Or do you go for store brands? What items MUST be a specific brand?
I will usually buy store brands, but there’s some that I’m picky about:
- Even though it’s extremely cheap, I only use Purpose Facial Cleansing Bar because EVERYTHING else, including more expensive cleansers, have irritated my skin and they cause me to break out.
- Mineral Hygienics foundation
- Mac & Cheese doesn’t have to be a specific brand, but it must be the kind that has the gooey cheese in it instead of that powder stuff that you add to water. I honestly prefer homemade though.
- All Free and Clear laundry detergent
- Hillshire Farms Lunchmeat
- Dawn dish soap
- McCormick chili powder
I’m sure there are a few more, but that’s all I can think of right now!
Post # 3
It all depends on the product but with food I mostly buy name brand. My husband and I tried buying store brand items but I really didn’t like that taste of most of it. Household products I really don’t care as long as they are safe for my dogs which means it is usually some more expensive brand.
Post # 4
I like Cuisinart kitchen appliances but I’m not super picky with actual food. Except cheese. It must be Safeway old brand cheddar cheese or else it’s gross.
Post # 5
Honestly, it just depends on the item. I’ll buy store brand for certain food items and other things I’m more picky on. For example, cheese/butter I’ll buy store brand, but I won’t buy store brand spaghetti sauce or apple juice. I wouldn’t say I have to have a certain brand, but there are a few I prefer over others for things.
I can’t do store brand soda.. coke/pepsi only.
I’m a sale/coupon snob though. There are certain items I refuse to pay for (if I can help it), and I really don’t care about brand. An example of this is dish soap. Other things I have cost limits on, so I really don’t care about brand – IE laundry detergent. Granted I only buy the ‘brand name’ ones, I do it with coupons. I will buy Tide, Wisk, Gain, All, etc.
Now when it comes to electronics and other gadgets, I’m pretty picky about what I get. DH and I are both in the IT field, so we only buy certain brands and certain specifications. Neither of us would buy a $400-$500 laptop special from Best Buy, and it drives me insane when my friends ask me for recommendations on a computer, as they all have low budgets and I would never buy anything in that price range.
Post # 6
@dayl20: I mostly buy the name brand for everything.
I am pretty picky when it comes to what I put on my face/body (this isn’t to say I NEED it to be expensive necessarily). Food-wise I cook most things from scratch but I don’t mind buying things like generic canned kidney beans.
Post # 7
For some things, yes. Like my foundation. However with other things, I could care less and buy generic.
Post # 8
Things I am picky about include skin care (dermalogica toner, moisturizer, vaseline lotion), soap (Dove) and I only use Coach purses; but that has more to do with the fact that since I got a Coach bag I haven’t had to replace it. If I had to purchase my own bag, I’m not sure what I’d get. Things like shampoo, paper towels, detergent, etc. I don’t really care, it comes down to what’s on sale. As for food, I cook from scratch, but I’m not picky as to whether my flour is store brand or pillsbury.
Post # 9
When it comes to food, I am not a “brand” snob in a sense, but a quality snob I guess you would call it. I will only buy grass fed beef, free range eggs/chicken, local veggies, etc, etc.
I will not buy anything processed or out of a can basically. Like I would never buy a can of green beans or something like that. I will always always buy fresh. I just think of all the preservatives you are putting into your body. Gross.
Post # 10
When something I buy needs to be quality (handbag, winter jacket, shampoo, skincare, TV, shoes, etc) I tend to learn toward brand names. With things that I will probably loose, or things I won’t use very often, or just something that’s going to be the same regardless of brand (bottled water, scarves, shaving cream, salt, tank tops, etc) I am fine with purchasing generic or store brand.
Post # 11
I don’t mind buying generic brand food because the grocery store we shop at has a good store brand, the no frills no name brand and like everything by president’s choice is good.
Lim picky about beauty products, like using higher end make up, but I still use drug store brands as well. I’m super picky about shampoo and conditioner and wouldn’t use a store brand.
Post # 12
I don’t mind most store brand stuff, but I’m picky about kitchen stuff. If I get an appliance, it’s gonna be the best one possible, i.e. Kitchen Aid mixer, Cuisinart food processer, Vitamix blender, etc.
Post # 13
I’m a brand snob for my face wash and a few makeup products, but that’s really it. I’m still trying to find shampoo and conditioner I like that doesn’t make my grease-prone hair even worse.
Post # 14
I am for some things. Things that I can think of offhand are
Shampoo (I only use one kind and I order it online)
Post # 15
The only thing I ‘insist’ on brand name is toilet paper.
Other than that, I’m not a brand snob. I’ll use pretty much anything.
Post # 16
I’m pretty attached to brand names for my health/beauty supplies like shampoo, soap and deodorant. I have sensitive skin and allergy issues so this is less of a “i really like _______” and more of “________ is the only thing that doesn’t turn my skin into a painful red itchy mess of hives”.
For food- I’m not huge on looking at brand names, and will usually buy store brand if its cheaper. That being said, we are trying to eat more of a natural diet, so we eat a lot of fresh produce, meats, and diary which don’t really have a “brand name”.
For electronics, appliances etc I don’t have a particular brand loyalty, but I will pay more for the item that will last, then go with an off brand that may not hold up for as long.