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For a lot of stuff, generic is just fine for me. I don't see much difference from a name brand, and I can save some $.

But for some things, I'll pay an extra dollar for better quality or convenience. Examples:
Paper towels. Generics shred and won't absorb liquids for shit.
Shower spray. The pumps on generics fail all the time.
Zip-lock bags. Generic zip-locks don't seal.

A recent change I made has been from make-your-own orange juice from frozen concentrate to ready-to-drink oj from a carton. All my life I've fought with chunks of frozen concentrate in the morning, trying to get the damn stuff to dissolve in the water. Even more recently, I've been drinking only "premium" (not from concentrate) oj, as I think it tastes a little better than reconstituted-from-concentrate oj in a carton. It's a part of my plan to go a little hog wild and live life to the hilt before I become too feeble to appreciate the finer things in life.:smile:

So, what in your life is worth paying a little extra for?


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May. 11th, 2007 01:59 pm (UTC)
New books -- fresh, crisp, clean, unmarked, untouched. Even from Amazon Marketplace, I want them to be new.

Olay anti-aging and age-defying skin care products.

Preference by L'OREAL -- because I'm worth it. ;-)
May. 12th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)
*giggles* I'm a Maybelline girl myself-- I appreciate their truth in advertising. I see whoever is modeling their latest product, and I think "yeah-- she's born with it!".

...Ok, so I started using Maybelline because it wasn;t too pricey, they make hypo-allergenic stuff, and, mostly, because Sarah Michelle Gellar was their spokesgirl and I'm a huge Buffy fan, ok?
May. 13th, 2007 01:08 am (UTC)
I appreciate their truth in advertising.

Don't we all? :-)
May. 12th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
from what I hear, some name brands and generics are virtually identical. Others aren't, particularly if you're body only absorbs a certain version of a drug particularly well, etc. If it's medication for something critical, it's forth follow-ups with your doctor just to make sure the medication is doing what's it's supposed to... But yeah, in general I buy generics.

So-- what do I consider worth paying top-dollar for?

-Sushi. Although I'm really happy if I can find good quality at a lower price, of course.

-I don't believe in spending money on booze. As long as it doesn't taste godawful, I'm happy; to be honest, I don't know one wine from another, and I've found any number of $5 bottles that tasted perfectly yummy to me.

-Chocolate, on the other hand, is worth getting the good stuff-- which, again, isn't always pricier. Godiva is pretty lousy, actually. Neuhause is worth every penny. So is most of the stuff made by Lindt; it isn't fancy and expensive, but it's very good quality for the price. Aside from that, it depends what you're looking for. My favorite chocolates of all were a Belgian Truffle line carried by, of all things, Costco's "Kirkland" brand. They have since stopped making it, and I will never forgive them.

-I won't pay extra for clothes and shoes, because I'm too rough on them; if they'll be damaged and need replacing soon anyways, I'll get the cheapest I can.

-Other stuff I wish I could afford to buy the best of, because it would save money in the long run, and make me happier in general-- things like hybrid cars, ecologically-sound houses (heck, I wish I could afford any house!), kitchen appliances.

-I definitely pay extra for good kleenex! Though with any luck, my health will soon improve enough that I won't ever need to carry a box in my backpack at all times the way I used to.

-Books, of course. :)
May. 13th, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
Neuhause is worth every penny.

So incredibly true. Neuhause is amazing, our local Neuhause shop is really, really bad for my wallet, but it's so worth it.
May. 13th, 2007 05:22 am (UTC)
1) Tool- yes!

2) Food. I'm a complete food snob. I come from a family of intense, intense food snobbery. That doesn't always mean paying more...but often it does! Also jeans. Cheap jeans simply never fit. Actually, I guess my taste in clothes is somewhat...on the expensive side anyway, but not in the trendy Juicy/C&C/etc sense. I don't go clothes shopping often, but when I do, I'll sacrifice the quantity of clothes I buy for the quality of one or two great pieces from something like Custo Barcelona, Anthropologie, Free People, etc. Oh...books as well! Nice books are always worth it.
May. 16th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC)
good question john!

i'd say i'll pay a little extra for most things. it's just the way i've defined myself, as getting everything nice instead of generic. recently i've been questionning this and it's been a bit liberating to just go with the crowd ;-)

i think i'll stick with this new strategy, with no caveats i can currently think of ;-)
May. 17th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
It's a part of my plan to go a little hog wild and live life to the hilt before I become too feeble to appreciate the finer things in life.:smile:

This comment just tickles me. I don't know how many times I have gone back to read it. I am chuckling about it right now. You make it sound so extravagant to spend that extra penny. I feel so rich! Now every time I pay that extra few cents or dollars for something, I am going to think about this and feel like I am living a life of luxury. :-)
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