#1 Posted by Ariabed (1103 posts) -

Are you the kind of person where everything you buy has to be a popular name brand? From food clothes electricals ect.

Or can you settle for cheaper brands for things like food but clothes have to be top brands? Also do you think the top name brands are always the best quality?

#2 Posted by MonsieurX (29983 posts) -

Never do.

#3 Posted by SolidSnake35 (58096 posts) -

If it's something worth paying extra for, then yes. Branded jeans, of course. Branded socks, probably not.

#4 Posted by Bikouchu35 (7388 posts) -

Quality > Brand, ideally for me. Big brands doesn't necesarily mean quality, a brand that makes one good product doesn't mean their other lineups are as good, and vice versa. Ex. I choose iphone for it's size, looks, and competitive with rival, but I think their mac books/desktop sucks more baws than Sasha Grey.

The most popular brand doesn't mean is the best, seriously too many people fall victim to that, I cannot stress that enough. I base my purchase on research, reviews, experience, opinions etc. and not on popularity. Sometimes I don't give a frack, because my wallet says otherwise or I just don't care. As for clothing, I always mean to dress up, but I end up keeping my immature cartoon/anime shirt instead more like those plaid shirt that everyone is wearing now (whoop 90s again).

#5 Edited by Ariabed (1103 posts) -

@Bikouchu35: @SolidSnake35: I gotta have my Calvin Klein undies and socks lol

@Biko, iPhone is a prime example of a fashionable product, and it seems this is fueled on further by other companies that produce other goods putting little iphone docks on their products lol. What pisses me off about the iPhone is they bring out a new one every two weeks.

#6 Posted by XilePrincess (13129 posts) -

I'll buy whatever is on sale for most brands. I won't say I have no preferences, but if the difference is $7 for a tub of Ben & Jerry's or $3 for a tub of the store-brand copycat, I'll go for the copycat.

I love a lot of expensive brands of things, but I won't spend the money, so instead I buy secondhand or find deep discounts where I can to get it for less. Kitchenaid is my vice, but I won't spend $70 on a BOWL, so I'll hope if someone's baking-loving grandma died that they're selling her estate at a garage sale.

Brands are NICE, but most of the time not worth the MSRP cost compared to their generics, especially food items.


The only thing I am brand-preferential and would never want generic for is birth control of any kind. I know the generic of the birth control pills I take is probably made in the same factory as the name-brand ones I take, but I'd feel squeamish using the generic for something so important. It's a mental thing. If I still used condoms, I'd skip the dollar store ones, no matter how much testing they say they went through.

When I'm TTC I'll be buying pregnancy tests from the dollar store in bulk, though, because the test strip in them is the exact same one as in the $14 Clearblue and First Response tests. Name brand is absolutely useless in that situation, you're paying for packaging and not quality.

#7 Edited by Master_Live (14410 posts) -

No.

#8 Posted by sukraj (22589 posts) -

I do like to buy branded stuff but not all the time.

#9 Posted by themajormayor (25743 posts) -

I do have a thing for Armani T-shirts.

#10 Posted by lamprey263 (23506 posts) -

generally no, but if I did buy name brand there'd have to be a good reason, but I don't buy name brand for the prestige of the name brand

#11 Posted by 4myAmuzumament (1749 posts) -

For the most part, fck em. But,

food: I never skimp on peanut butter; Peter Pan brand forever. Morton Salt gets my nod too...

clothes: I do like Ralph Lauren; it reminds me that Polo is a real sport. However, I'm fine rocking a blank polo.

electricals... I'm pretty faithful to Google/Android right now and I always buy Nintendo systems before whatever their competition has out. I may try finding a brand of headphone/earbud manufacturer to jump on, I've been listening to a lot more music lately.

etc: i don't know what this means

#12 Edited by Netret0120 (2084 posts) -

Food wise not too picky as long as it isn't processed foods since i gym a lot. Clothes wise I am not too picky either but I would definitely go for $40 jeans over $10 ones with no brand because I know the $40 jeans will last a whole lot longer than the $10 and are generally more fashionable.

I usually guage the situation as it comes but stuff like socks and underwear I buy the cheapest thing.

#13 Posted by Aljosa23 (24843 posts) -

I do have a thing for Armani T-shirts.

My man

I'm a-okay with brands if the quality or goes above the price.

#14 Edited by comp_atkins (31334 posts) -

depends on the product i'm looking to buy

#15 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (15977 posts) -

Depends. My 3-piece suits are all custom made as well as my leather jacket/trenchcoat.

Most of our hard wood furniture are custom-built.

I used to have name-brand PC monitors such as NEC, Mitsubishi. Iiyama. Then I switched to cheaper stuff like Samsungs, HP, and finally to cheap Best Buy stuff like Dynex.

Sony and Samsung seems pretty popular with my family from 1080p TVs to Blu Ray players to tablets and smart phones. My work-provided phone is Samsung. But, it's just a flip-up phone.

I happen to like Logitech PC accessories from keyboards/mice to joystick to driving wheel/pedals.

#16 Posted by ferrari2001 (16874 posts) -

The only thing that I probably buy name brand on is clothing, but that's mostly because I buy my clothing at Men's Warehouse and they don't really carry what you would consider off brand.

#17 Posted by Ariabed (1103 posts) -

@XilePrincess: tut tut hoping someones sweet old nanny dies so you can get cheap kitchen equipment(I shake my head at you with a dissapointed look on my face) lol

#18 Posted by Ariabed (1103 posts) -

@jun_aka_pekto: is it really worth having a tablet if you have a PC and a smart phone? Lol do you have a laptop also?

I know I could prob google this but,,,,I'll just ask you :) are tablets as good as laptops? It's just that I haven't broken into the tablet world yet.

#19 Posted by CountBleck12 (22735 posts) -

Most of the time, no.

#20 Edited by Shmiity (5100 posts) -

I'm not anti-brand. Example, I like real coca cola products and real converse shoes, not the supermarket brand, or Payless rip-offs. I'm not opposed to other brands- it's all about quality.

"Anti-brand" people piss me off, though. Those are what "hipsters" are to me.

#21 Edited by geniobastardo (1294 posts) -

I don't even know what brands to buy. I feel dumb when people talk about brands. The only thing that I know is, if the thing works good then it's a buy.

#22 Edited by jun_aka_pekto (15977 posts) -

@ariabed said:

@jun_aka_pekto: is it really worth having a tablet if you have a PC and a smart phone? Lol do you have a laptop also?

I know I could prob google this but,,,,I'll just ask you :) are tablets as good as laptops? It's just that I haven't broken into the tablet world yet.

Heck, no. If you have a smartphone, don't bother with a tablet unless you're like me where I use a tablet mainly to surf the Web or watch videos. For those functions, I need a bigger screen size than what most smartphones can handle. If you're doing multipage reports, I suggest sticking with a laptop. A tablet is only good for "touching up" stuff. If I decide to do full-blown reports on a tablet, I'd go with an iPad. At least it has MS Office available for it. For what I do with a tablet, Androids are fine.

I don't own a smartphone. I used to have one. But, I passed it on to my kid. I make do with the work-provided flip-up phone.

#23 Posted by GoogleAndroid (148 posts) -

Depends on the product. For things like food and electronics, yes. For clothes, yes. But I care more about the quality than the brand. Usually the name brands are better quality, but if the non name brand is, I will buy that instead.

#24 Posted by Detroit222 (5296 posts) -

Generic is fine for some things. But I've tried generic Cheerios and they just don't taste the same. So there are some brands you simply need.

#25 Edited by Bikouchu35 (7388 posts) -

@ariabed said:

@Bikouchu35: @SolidSnake35: I gotta have my Calvin Klein undies and socks lol

@Biko, iPhone is a prime example of a fashionable product, and it seems this is fueled on further by other companies that produce other goods putting little iphone docks on their products lol. What pisses me off about the iPhone is they bring out a new one every two weeks.

Just like any other smartphones now they release on a yearly basis. The upside about them is that they stick with a identical design for 2 years which gives you a bigger selection of phone cases. The amount of aftermarket support makes it a better choice for me tech wise and like you said is "fashionable", so is a two bird one stone win-win scenario for me.

Lmao at CK undergarments.

#26 Edited by Ariabed (1103 posts) -

@Bikouchu35: I'm sure there wasn't a year in between iphone5 and the 5c. Hey don't laugh at my Calvin's lol they are good good quality, I've had boxers and sox that have lasted for years, where cheaper ones have withered away.not saying you can't get quality cheaper ones but I just stick with what I know is good.