When "generic" brands just don't cut it....

  • silverfox

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    Aug 26, 2009 10:12 PM GMT
    What products do you splurge on because "generics just won't do?

    For me two come to mind.....

    Toilet Paper and Vodka.

    I don't know I just need to feel fluffy Charmin on my rump and if I don't drink Kettle One or Grey Goose Vodka I get a headache.


    How about you?
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    Aug 26, 2009 11:03 PM GMT
    Hmmm, don't even try the Dollar Tree brand of fruit loops. I never spit something out so quickly.

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    Aug 26, 2009 11:07 PM GMT
    Contact Solution - my optometrist says OPTI-FREE is the best solution for contacts. And to never get the generic brand.
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    Aug 27, 2009 12:49 AM GMT
    Wellbutrin - the generic doesn't work for me, costs me hundreds each year.icon_confused.gif
  • Webster666

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    Aug 27, 2009 2:27 AM GMT
    I agree about the toilet paper. My ass deserves the best : "Charmin." And you can't improve on perfection by adding hand lotion to make it greasy feeling.

    Walgreens drug store offers a lot of products that are supposed to be similar to the brand names. Many are just as good. One that definitely isn't as good is their version of Pepto Bismol tablets.
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    Aug 27, 2009 2:46 AM GMT
    I like Costco toilet paper.

    But I generally stay away from generic sodas.
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    Aug 27, 2009 3:59 AM GMT
    JakeBenson saidContact Solution - my optometrist says OPTI-FREE is the best solution for contacts.

    I wouldn't trust an optometrist, I trust my ophthalmologist, one of many who agrees that Clear Care is the best solution for contacts. There are other variants of its peroxide formula, but Clear Care is the original. Opti-free really doesn't do 75% of what Clear Care does.
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    Aug 27, 2009 4:08 AM GMT
    bernd saidWellbutrin - the generic doesn't work for me, costs me hundreds each year.icon_confused.gif


    I gained a lot of weight while I was Wellbutrin... These meds made me go nuts.

    silverfox1 said
    I don't know I just need to feel fluffy Charmin on my rump.

    How about you?


    Moist toilet paper wipes are the best! They get you looking and smelling clean in half the time!

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    Aug 27, 2009 4:27 AM GMT
    Definately toilet paper

    I dont take the generic brand option for pharmaceuticals. They don't work on me.
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    Aug 27, 2009 4:33 AM GMT
    Vicodin. Vodka. .... Actually I never buy generic lol >_<
    I spoil myself. :-)
  • silverfox

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    Aug 27, 2009 4:33 AM GMT
    JakeBenson saidContact Solution - my optometrist says OPTI-FREE is the best solution for contacts. And to never get the generic brand.


    NOTE FROM THE OP:

    Have to go with Pinny regarding Clear Care. Far superior brand of contact lens cleaner. And I will tell you....you will only put the solution in your eyes once without neutralizing....it is an experience you will never forget as your eyes burn right out of their sockets... icon_twisted.gif


    Oh.... AND...

    Omega 3 Fish Oil. Don't be a cheapo on this. There are different "grades" of fish oil.

    I have been getting mine online for years at www.drsears.com (The ZONE diet website)....cost more...but hell makes me look and feel younger. I am really 68.

  • JP85257

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    Aug 27, 2009 4:38 AM GMT
    Underwear. Designer undies are the BEST!!

    Laundry detergent. I ONLY use GAIN and all my shit is Downy Soft.

    I agree on the TP issue unless youre doing a house or a car.

    Body wash has to be good or I get itchy.
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    Aug 27, 2009 4:41 AM GMT
    Ketchup! There is no substitute for Heinz.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Aug 27, 2009 4:52 AM GMT
    Deodorant. I buy Arm & Hammer; I develop a skin rash with just about any other deodorant/antiperspirant on the market.

    Peptobismol. It just seems to work better than the generic imitators. I also find Excedrin to be better than any other analgesic for a really bad headache, but it's merely a combination of acetaminophen and ibuprofen and caffeine, so I could recreate that from the basic ingredients.

    Popcorn kernels. I get markedly better results with Orville Redenbacher than store brands.

    Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom cleaner. The stuff is amazingly effective.

    Morningstar Farms products. If I want fake meat -- their fake chicken is very realistic, their fake burgers and sausage are good though clearly not actually meat and should be eaten for what they are, not for what they're substituting for -- I shell out the slightly higher price for what I find a far more tasty product.

    Grass seed. I'm been overseeding my lawn twice a year to try to fill in some thin zones, and I'll pay for the grass seed from Scotts to be sure that I don't end up applying weeds to my yard. Personally, I wouldn't care -- plant life is all I look for in a yard -- but I know that in a few years when I'll look into whether to sell the place or rent it out, others will care about the yard.

    I go with generic versions of pretty much everything else.
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    Aug 27, 2009 7:16 AM GMT
    Pinny said
    JakeBenson saidContact Solution - my optometrist says OPTI-FREE is the best solution for contacts.

    I wouldn't trust an optometrist, I trust my ophthalmologist, one of many who agrees that Clear Care is the best solution for contacts. There are other variants of its peroxide formula, but Clear Care is the original. Opti-free really doesn't do 75% of what Clear Care does.


    Do you know of any sources to help persuade me to understand your position? Because I'm open to the idea, but don't seem convinced from an authoritative mention. Would love to find a chart that shows a direct comparison between Opti-Free and Clear Care.
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    Aug 27, 2009 7:50 AM GMT
    Well, I can tell you one thing.... I'd never go with a GENERIC website for athletic-minded gay guys.... It's REALJOCK or nothing, baby!!
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    Aug 27, 2009 8:06 AM GMT
    glasses.

    i got glasses when i was in grade 9. went through a pair every 6 months or so...

    then i got Hugo Boss... they were great, until i was filming a movie with friends in grade 11, and stepped on my glasses, while holding the camera, and... caught it on film. yeah, it was a great moment. the words, "my glasses!" were used.

    then, i got Versace glasses. i have put them through hell and high water, stepped on, dropped, sat on, thrown, crushed, lost - and still, they remain... 5 years later.


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    Aug 27, 2009 8:15 AM GMT
    Breakfast Cereal, it's about the one thing I am insistant upon. I need my genuine snap, crackle and pop.
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    Aug 27, 2009 8:41 AM GMT
    Whisky/bourbon

    not really so much in terms of brands... but if it isn't aged at least 10 years, or if it's some blended crap, it's not good enough to drink straight.
  • jrs1

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    Aug 27, 2009 8:44 AM GMT

    coincidentally ... generic knives don't ' cut ' it ...
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    Aug 27, 2009 9:15 AM GMT
    bzymonkel saidKetchup! There is no substitute for Heinz.

    Yep, and Hellman's mayonnaise (for some reason it's called Best Foods west of the Rockies).

    I also avoid generic clothes and dishwasher machine detergents, buying whatever Consumer Reports says cleans the best (currently Tide and Cascade Complete gel).

    As for contact lenses, I use daily disposables for some occasions and avoid cleaning altogether.
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    Aug 27, 2009 9:38 AM GMT
    MeOhMy saidthen, i got Versace glasses. i have put them through hell and high water, stepped on, dropped, sat on, thrown, crushed, lost - and still, they remain... 5 years later.

    Quality frames can be much better. I tend to be rough on my glasses, too, and Marchon Flexon metal frames, the ones you can bend without breaking, are the only kind that hold up for me. A bit expensive, but they outlast several of the cheaper ones.

    For a while I was wearing cheapo frames the VA dispensed to me free, but they'd only last a few months, and looked all twisted & bent all the time. So I went back to Flexons at my own expense, and they look good all the time, and last longer than the lenses & my prescription.

    It just tracks with what my late mother always told me: sometimes the more expensive items can actually save you money in the long run, if they outlast several of the cheaper ones. And the whole time you have them you're enjoying what is often a better looking and performing product.

    So I get fairly expensive name-brand business suits, jackets & tuxedos that have never worn out (they go out of style first after many years) and look so much better than cheap stuff in the meantime. On the other hand, I refuse to buy designer underwear, especially since I mostly wear boxers, whose designs don't vary much. I get the standard name brands, but not the high-fashion stuff, which lasts no longer, plus I like to replace all undershorts once a year or so anyway, so extreme longevity is not important to me.
  • Latenight30

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    Aug 27, 2009 1:45 PM GMT
    There is Generic and Then Top Shelf.
    Only high-end or top shelf kitchen appliances.
    We keep an array of liqour around. There is the stuff in the front for guest and the good stuff that isn't mixed in the back.
    and fashionable underware. You get what you pay for.
    hanes are good for the gym. 6months and toss them but if you are wearing underware to be seen in underware.. splurge.
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    Aug 27, 2009 2:48 PM GMT
    TP, of course.icon_rolleyes.gif

    And razor blades. Gotta stick with Mach 3.icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 27, 2009 2:49 PM GMT
    Cheap generic liquid dishwashing detergent sucks. You have to use half the bottle to get suds.