Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Generic vs. Brand Name

What really is the difference between generic products or brand name products? When it comes down to it, there really is not much of a difference. TheDailyFinance rated several generic products against the brand name products and you may be surprised with their suggestions. 

TheDailyFinance review of Cascade detergent versus Kirkland detergent: Cascade really does seem to provide the extra "grease-fighting power" and "shine shield" that its label promises. Detergent is thick and smooth and easy to pour. I'll keep buying Kirkland on price alone. Cascade seems to get the dishes a bit cleaner and the liquid has a better consistency, but Kirkland does the job too and is much cheaper. 

As a college student, I find myself buying the generic products due to the price difference between the two, but what is it about getting the "real" thing? I have bought dollar tree air freshner before and it seemed to work just fine, but what is interesting is that we still called it Febreze. 

By calling it the brand name, does it make it seem like we have, in fact, actually bought the brand name product. Generic or knockoff brands are everywhere and many people purchase them, but it is kind of taboo. 

Perhaps, this inability to accept generic brands is why the generic brand products look so similar to the brand name products. The Kirkland detergent, in the picture above, uses the same colors and the same type of bottle as the Cascade detergent. It is almost a trick! 

As humans, we have this innate desire for the truth or the original. What is the truth? What is the original? There is no original without a unoriginal copy, first. So does that make the copy more original than the actual original? Is there a definite truth to all of this? Why does it matter?

1 comment:

  1. This post really got me thinking about the vernacular I tend to use around my friends and what not. What struck me as relevant was that so many people automatically refer to cola products, whether it be Coca-Cola, Pepsi or any generic derivative, as "Coke". I'd frequently ask for a "coke" at a restaurant to get a polite response such as "We have Pepsi products is that fine?" as If it made any difference in my mind or the servers.


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