I don’t consider myself a “brand snob.” I don’t turn my nose up at generic yogurt or vitamins. I see no reason to spend $5 more on Tylenol Cold or $1 more on a gallon of Dean’s milk when the Safeway version will do me quite nicely. If I can save a few bucks on what is essentially the exact same thing, then why not? Those few dollars add up after awhile. And in most cases, the generic is just as good, isn’t it? Yes. In most cases, it is. There are, however, a few exceptions. And I’ve had to learn about them the hard way.
1) Granola bars
Go Chewy or go home. I bought a box of Target brand granola bars once. I got halfway through one bar before I threw them all out. They tasted mealy and like a bunch of separate ingredients as opposed to the gooey cohesiveness of a Quaker Chewy bar. Yuck.
2) Paper towels
I usually buy Bounty paper towels, but it’s just out of habit. I never really thought of generics as being inferior. I thought that those simulations of ‘bargain brand’ paper towels falling apart when they got wet was just an exaggeration for the commercial. I can now officially say from personal experience that it’s not.
Have you ever had generic Cheerios? They get soggy way too quickly. I kind of feel like they start out that way…
Much like the paper towels, I have always bought the 3-pack of Scotch Brite for no particular reason. We bought Safeway brand sponges last week. They’re thin, they don’t scrub very well, and food residue sticks in them incredibly easily. Won’t be buying those again.
5) Band aids
I will only buy the Band-Aid brand cloth bandages. I don’t know if Band-Aid brand has a patent on this adhesive, but it feels like they do. They stay on for days through showers, swimming, sweat, etc. Every other brand/style seems to peel off me within 10 minutes. No idea why.
Am I alone in all this, or are you guys weird like me? 🙂