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Brands or Generics?

My husband and I both work for the service. Neither of us are medics, we are support staff, without which the service really could not function ( melody23 may well agree).

As with many public bodies, it appears that the has been held to ransom by a bunch of private sector firms seeing Government money and determined to have their pound of that. So are in the thousands of pounds for a course, is prohibitively pricy and are several times the price of a similar bought in Primark or other discount fashion store.

Unlike many school uniforms, medics' must be bought from specialist retailers, and like those which supply private , these firms smell money coming and put on an obscene markup. Pens and pencils are non-existent, blocks and notepads are usually easier and cheaper to find in the local supermarket (which is where I buy my own for 30p for 10 and 50p for 10 pencils!) Any charity which is remiss enough to give or send me a free pen to complete a survey with would find it in use in my department, I am sure.

Don't get me wrong, I love when I can afford them. My husband and I have done good business and refreshed wardrobes at the malls Stateside for the last 8 years. Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren Polo, Reebok, Nike, Puma, Vans and Clarks are all affordable from the outlet malls, whereas here in the UK we can barely afford one t-shirt for the price of three from an outlet mall.

We buy economy food brands here because for the price of one tin of beans we can purchase three of the brand from the store. My husband has switched from many items to store's own because he has come to realise that the quality is just as good these days and the extra money goes on the name, not on the product within. I have rarely eaten branded food - in fact I actively discourage the buying of same because I find there is less of it than buying a store brand. And in any case I can't taste the difference.

I have used economy body sprays for years because I prefer the smell. The fact that they are cheaper is a bonus. Same with economy shower gels, rather those with our hard water than the pricey shower cremes that leave my skin feeling greasy.

Are you a brand hound or do you prefer cheap and simple?


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Comments

MelissaE wrote on April 15, 2015, 5:43 PM

We have to be frugal with our money, so we buy store brand.

Cinna wrote on April 15, 2015, 7:46 PM

It just depends on what the item is for me. I buy a lot of store brand but a few things I really like the name brand.

wolfgirl569 wrote on April 15, 2015, 11:02 PM

There are a few things that I want the name brand only. But most things it does not matter to me

allen0187 wrote on April 17, 2015, 10:47 PM

I prefer to be smart about my expenses. I look at quality and if the quality of a branded one and a generic item are the same, I'll likely get the generic oen as it is more affordable.