This topic was spurned on by my fifteen year old son today. To make a long story short, he had a sinus infection last year, and I took him to an after hours clinic (it was a weekend) and they prescribed him an antibiotic and suggested I purchase Mucinex DM in order to loosen the phlegm. I went to Walgreens promptly and bought Mucinex DM, as well as the Walgreen’s brand because it was on sale, buy one get one free. I thought it would be good to have some in the medicine cabinet just in case.
Fast forward to today when my son said he was staring to feel like he was coming down with something. He asked if we still had some Mucinex and I said yes. However when he went to the medicine cabinet to retrieve it, he saw that it the actual brand name had been used up and we had the two boxes of Walgreens brand left.
He proceeds to ask me to go to the store to purchase more Mucinex. I asked him why since we had plenty in the cabinet and his response? It’s the Walgreen’s brand, not the “real” brand.
I became unhinged. I told him that the ingredients are the same and that the only difference is that Mucinex costs more. About $17 per box. The Walgreen’s brand was $9.00 and I got a box free. I told him he would have to use what we had-it was unopened and not even close to the expiration date. There was no reason not to use it.
He then tells me, “nevermind”, I don’t need it anymore.
I was floored.
These companies really have some people believing that a real brand versus a generic brand is majorly different. And in some instances they are. I know that in terms of laundry detergent, I will not use an “off” brand because it does not clean my clothes well. But that is a rare instance where I refuse to buy an off or generic brand.
Even my five year old is beginning to show signs of brand favortism. She doesn’t like to eat off-brand cereal, even though for the most part, it’s the same cereal but just costs more.
This is not something I have taught her, however. It seems to be a trait which has been learned from society I imagine.
What do you feel about brands? I do have some instances where I have brand loyalty to an item, but I am not above purchasing a generic or off-brand version.
Sound off and let your thoughts be known.