(Closed) Generic vs. Name-brand

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Generic vs. Name-brand products
    Generic pretty much always : (42 votes)
    53 %
    Name-brand pretty much always : (22 votes)
    28 %
    Other I'll explain... : (15 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 3
    1925 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Generic for almost everything for sure!  From cleaners to medication to body wash!

    Post # 4
    1245 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Generic, with Quaker Oats and A1 steak sauce being an exception.

    Post # 5
    14494 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    For me it varies. Generic green beans are aweful to me, but corn is eh, who cares. It just depends on what it is. I usually buy generic otc medicines. Skippy peanut butter is non negotiable.

    Post # 6
    2007 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    mostly generics.  However the one exception I can think of at the moment is the clean and clear dual action moisturizer.  The generic versions are just not at all the same!  And I agree about the dish soap– I bought from dollar tree once and it just sucked.  It felt like I had to use 3 times more and that I’d have to keep squirting more on my  brush, totally didn’t save us any money in the end.

    Post # 7
    4047 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    Generic for almost everything. There are a couple things I always buy name brand – Dawn dish soap and Tide laundry detergent are two examples I can think of on the top of my head. But otherwise, generic all the way!

    Post # 9
    699 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Mostly generic.. except toilet paper. SO loves his Charmin Ultra Strong lol

    ETA: and I love my Olay products.. can’t do generic moisturizer/ at home peel. Just can’t do it.

    Post # 10
    699 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @Lily_of_the_valley:  ALDI is the best!!! Ive found so much there thats so good and half the price. I’ve literally been in there and found something and been like “CRAP! I’ve been over spending all this time!”

    Post # 11
    2360 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    It depends… when it comes to thigs like paper towels, paper plates, hygiene products, etc I think you really get what you pay for.

    But when it comes to food stuffs like a bag of chips, or even medications, generic all the way. Generic claritin and generic aleve, etc, is literally the EXACT same ingredient in the exact same dosage, but costs less.

    Post # 12
    2748 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    It depends. I will try the generics, and if they are basically the same, I’ll switch over. If they differ significantly from the name brand in a way that I cannot or will not tolerate, back to the brand name it is. I don’t hold on to any sort of belief that name brand is inherently better, but it’s easier to find reviews and stuff about them.

    Post # 13
    687 posts
    Busy bee

    I mostly buy name-brand because I’m sensitive to everything in the universe and often generic shampoos, soaps, laundry detergent, will have some additional fillers in the, or a different smell and I get rashes all over. For medicines I sometimes insist on name brand only for things like thyroid medicines, anti-depressants, etc. but little meds and supplements it’s ok to use generic.

    Just want to clarify for those who say that generic drugs are identical: With prescription medications generics only have to contain 70% of the active ingredients in the name brand. So there’s 30% possible missing and/or different, not including fillers. Choosing between Benadryl and Kirkland Signature Sleep Aid is different because the active ingredients for both is 25mg of whatever the main ingredient is, so they are in fact identical. I’m getting tired so hope this makes sense!

    Post # 14
    53 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Haha I usually buy generic except for Dawn dish soap and Heinz ketchup. except I have to keep the name brand boxes for some things and refil with the generic because my Fiance claims he can taste a difference… Oh little does he know hehehehe

    Post # 15
    38 posts

    @ShiftedLobster:  Very true about medication!

    We always buy name-brand for medications, skincare products and washing detergents, soaps and shampoo due to skin sensitivities and allergies my SO has. Other items are a mixture of both depending on what we are buying.


    Post # 16
    23597 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    This sounds really dumb, but the first thing that came to mind here was Del Monte canned corn! I’ll never buy the generic stuff – somehow the corn kernels are always flat and not nearly as crunchy. 😀

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