Things It Doesn’t Pay To Buy Generic


One of the common ways to save money which people often suggest is to buy generic. In many cases, this is good advice. Many generic products these days can hold their own against their name brand counterparts, but this isn’t always the case. There are some generic products that end up costing you more money due to being poorly made. Here are ten generic products that you want to avoid:

Paper Products

Generic items are cheaper for a reason. They’re usually made from less expensive materials, creating a product of poor quality. Generic paper towels and toilet paper fall into this category. These generic products are made with fewer fibers, causing them to have less overall absorba


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5 Responses to Things It Doesn’t Pay To Buy Generic

  1. Jay says:

    Many prescription drugs; An example, Insulin, varies widely from manufacturer to manufacturer. Check with your Doc and Pharmacist, and consistently use the recommended brand.

  2. Noel says:

    Disagree with diapers. Have used loads of generic brands for my son and honestly, generic brands like Target and Shoperite were better fits than expensive brand names. Even for absorbency Target was way better than say Huggies.

  3. Wendy says:

    Store Brands are not necessarily the same as generic brands. We prefer our grocery store’s brand of paper towels and garbage bags over the name brands. On the other hand, our grocery store’s house brand of frozen waffles is awful. You try things, and you make decisions.

  4. Minny says:

    It depends what you mean by ‘generic’. Store brands of many items are just as good as named brands. As Wendy says, you have to try these things out. I’ve done this for many years with a very small failure rate.

    I also buy store brand ibuprofen, paracetamol and hay fever tablets, they always work. I do think that if a person has a ‘brand names are better’ mindset they will never find store brands as good!

  5. Gail says:

    For the most part generic brand drugs are just as good as name brand and many insurances won’t pay for the name brand or charge a whole lot more. If you doctor thinks the generic is okay for you to use, they will say so on the prescription.

    As to diapers, what about cloth diapers? I’m not sure where this craze for throw away diapers came fromm but cloth diapers do work and laundering them doesn’t cost any more than buying them. I raised two babies in cloth diapers and the only time they got diaper rash was when I had to use disposable diapers such as for day care. In the meantime you aren’t overloading landfills and you miss the soothing feeling of hanging them on the line or folding them which I always felt was a very calming activity.

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