To think there's nothing wrong with own brand stuff?

(285 Posts)
AverageGayLad Tue 23-Aug-16 17:12:44

Was in the supermarket earlier and a woman asked her friend to get her some butter - but "a brand, none of that cheap shite". hmm

What is wrong with own brand? sad Sometimes/Mostly that's all I can afford! Isn't it all the same food anyway?

adaisychain Tue 23-Aug-16 17:15:10

Meh, I've never seen an issue- I refuse to pay more for most things when own brand is just as good, if not nicer!

phillipp Tue 23-Aug-16 17:15:20

Sometimes it's the same or better. Sometimes it's not. We always get own brand butter, but know people who don't like it.

It's their money, they can spend on what they want.

DanglyEarOrnaments Tue 23-Aug-16 17:15:56

I think it is really, but without the influence of the cute jingle on the commercial ringing in your ears when you spy it on the shelf, hence less perceived glamour and quality.

KingJoffreyLikesJaffaCakes Tue 23-Aug-16 17:17:52

I like own brand stuff.

It all looks so neat lined up with matching labels.

Besides, it's all made in the same factory by the same people. It's the same stuff...

Kikibanana86 Tue 23-Aug-16 17:18:10

Some things are the same but not all, especially with animal produce. I buy kerrygold butter because it's from grass fed cows(apparently) which is supposed to be better for you. If things were a bit tight, as they are sometimes, I'd but the supermarkets own brand one and not think much about it really!

AverageGayLad Tue 23-Aug-16 17:18:14

I totally agree that you can buy branded if that's what you prefer, but no need to be so vocal about it.

isseywithcats Tue 23-Aug-16 17:19:02

where butter is concerned i sit on both fences when asda has lurpak spreadable at £3 for a huge tub i get that when its £6 a tub i get aldis own version, but have to admit the lurpak does taste better, everything else i get from aldi and their quality is equal too and a lot cheaper than asdas

OlennasWimple Tue 23-Aug-16 17:19:25

Own brand cornflakes are not like Kelloggs, own brand baked beans are not like Heinz, own brand detergent is not like Persil. I've used all of them, and will no doubt buy them again, but in some cases the brnaded product is better.

In many cases the own brand is as good as - or even better - than the branded product, IMO. Everyone has their own tastes and preferences

AverageGayLad Tue 23-Aug-16 17:19:38

Joffrey It does look very neat actually grin

VeryBitchyRestingFace Tue 23-Aug-16 17:20:02

I'll eat own brand foodstuff but don't like buying own brand medications. I always want branded.

I appreciate I'm probably being irrational but we all have our little foibles.

But it was just a throwaway comment. Maybe the woman doesn't think all own brands are "cheap shite", just that one in particular. smile

RedSauceAndJellyJuice Tue 23-Aug-16 17:20:16

Today I got sainsburys value prawns , they looked the same as the more expensive ones

Grumpyoldblonde Tue 23-Aug-16 17:20:41

Nope, I mostly buy own brand, sometimes value and sometimes brands/finest, you soon learn what is worth paying for or not. I like Lurpak myself and decent coffee, but prefer value biscuits. For every one person curling their lip at someone's 'cheap shite' someone else will be curling theirs at someone's extravagance.

BeingATwatItsABingThing Tue 23-Aug-16 17:21:25

I buy Vitalite but that's because I don't like any other types.

Most own brand stuff is just as nice. Bachellors Pasta 'n' Sauce packets aren't as nice as the Aldi version though.

Grumpyoldblonde Tue 23-Aug-16 17:21:34

I'll eat own brand foodstuff but don't like buying own brand medications. I always want branded.
It's the same thing - really it is

BrightOranges Tue 23-Aug-16 17:22:01

I worked for a well known brand once and supermarkets would pay more to have it branded with their own name. So there you go! Same product different packaging.

AverageGayLad Tue 23-Aug-16 17:22:51

Very and Grumpy You're probably right smile it just hit a nerve I guess

ItShouldHaveBeenJess Tue 23-Aug-16 17:23:28

I agree with the OP - we all have a choice, and I buy the 'cheap shit' because I can't tell the difference (but then I am rather tasteless wink), but the woman in the supermarket was rude and obnoxious.

annielostit Tue 23-Aug-16 17:26:38

butter. Asda smart price is really good, won my snob DM over. Dh swears by lidl soup better than heinz.
Where do some people think the own labels come from, the reject factory in the corner? Hovis make bread for tesco lidl aldi m&s, the 45/50p thick stuff in orange paper.

LunaLoveg00d Tue 23-Aug-16 17:26:39

You only have to watch shows like "Eat Well for Less" to see that own brand often performs just as well - often better - than expensive brands in blind testing.

It's a matter of personal taste, it's wrong to to say that all brands are good and all own brand is rubbish. Often the own brand products are made on the same production line and with the same ingredients, often the own brands are better for you as they have less added sugar/salt - the woman on Eat Well for Less last night was buying Special K and was shocked to discover that Asda smart price bran flakes are lower in calories, less sugar, less salt and twice the fibre.

Buying branded medicines IS madness though - supermarket own brand ibuprofen is EXACTLY the same as branded Nurofen. I suppose you could argue that with child's paracetamol suspensions that branded Calpol tastes different to the Asda, Boots or Tesco version, but the active ingredients are identical.

balence49 Tue 23-Aug-16 17:26:55

My friend tried to convince me that Asdas own ice cream and donuts are the same as Krispy Kreme and Ben n jerrys.... Just not in the same league.

Some stuff yes own brand but other stuff no way.

NotTodaySatan Tue 23-Aug-16 17:27:19

I don't agree that it's the same stuff at all.

Of course it's the right thing to shop according to your budget but there are huge differences in quality between branded and budget products.

I've tried shopping at budget supermarkets numerous times and have always ended up going back to the supermarkets I know are reliably good. They're cheap for a reason imo.

AverageGayLad Tue 23-Aug-16 17:27:29

Bright I knew it!

NeedACleverNN Tue 23-Aug-16 17:28:10

Some people are very snobby when it comes to labels. My parents are one of them.

They refuse to buy anything non branded

I don't mind. The only thing I need branded is my Heinz ketchup

truemovies Tue 23-Aug-16 17:28:57

Agree with Brightoranges
Some of the own brand products are made by the same manufacturers that produce the branded ones.

There are some things that make no difference or at least I can't tell the difference wether branded or not e,g Salt.

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