Thread: school stuff...please read this
I use some generic brands, but you would not recognise the name brands that I use, so I dont know if that would be helpful or not.
It might be interesting for your essay to mention that true Aussies do not eat any brand of yeast extract other than true Vegemite. Marmite, Assiemite and so on, just do not have the same flavour.
The irony is that "Vegemite" no longer belongs to an Australian company - it is American I think!
[Edited on 4/6/2002 by Allyssa]
Think of when you go into the store. If you look in the aisle with soda (or pop or whatever your regional word for the thing is) in it, you see Coca-Cola, which is something everyone has heard of (or most people, at least). It's very familiar, a best-seller, and probably one of the more expensive varieties of soda. That is what a name brand item is. If you look around some more, you'll see some soda that either has the store name on it, or a name you haven't heard, or even just the word SODA on it. They're probably cheaper and maybe not packaged quite as nicely as the Coca Cola...these are your generic items. (if this example doesn't work out overseas, let me know...I'll try and do better)
The object of my paper is to apply a set of sociological or psychological theories as to why people buy name brands...it doesn't really matter what brand you think of, or where in the world you are - just let me know why it is that you pick, for example, Coke over the 'SODA' soda or vice versa...is it peer pressure (i.e. you're not cool if you drink SODA soda)? or do you worry about quality? or price? And Allyssa - do you think the reason that the reason Vegamite is more popular truly has to do with the taste, or does it have to do with the stereotype you described - that people who eat Vegamin are "true Aussies"? (Mind you, I don't really know what I'm talking about here...I'm mostly trying to get a feel for what sort of theories I can come up with)
Hope I cleared things up a little bit at least...
Clothes are slightly different in that you advertise to the world what you wear and generally you want to look good. Clothes also portray an image. I tend to wear a specific make of jeans, but that is as far as I go. I still wear the same leather jacket that I bought twenty years ago. There again, my image doesn't need brand name items of clothing. Scruffy jeans and leather jacket will do.
I usually buy generic unless I think the brand name provides better quality for the money, more bang for the buck, is a better value. I buy brand name soda pop when it is on sale, and as some brand is usually on sale, I usually end up with it rather than the store brand. I buy generic prescription drugs when I can including store brand Acetaminophen (Tylenol ®).
I am making attention to brand names in the following context:
(3) prescription drugs
(4) audio/video equipment
(5) shoes (but only because I learned that expensive shoes are many times as durable as cheap ones!)
I am not making any attention to brands when buying any other products. In particular, I do not advertise my rank by brand names on my clothing. I feel here exactly like Valedhelgwath!
[Edited on 5/6/2002 by Eryan]
I must admit, I may be nigh on 25 years old, but I still get my Brother's old clothes, as he is a fashion victim and only keeps them a matter of months.
For all the rest, I usually end up buying the things I like most, which turn out to be brand things, like sweaters or T-shirts or trousers. Not that I really care though... And then for food and drink, everything that's nice and eatable's ok with me. As long as it's fresh...
1. Save Money (very important)
2. Buy an Australian made product (true blue Vegemite is owned by an American company I think)
I have discovered that they dont measure up taste-wise, but my son has not yet noticed the difference so it might depend on a persons individual taste buds.
As for other items, I buy a combination. I never buy label clothes. It is the principle. I refuse to pay $150 for a pair of shoes just because they have NIKE on them. Some of my clothes are second hand too, because it gives them character. A lot of my clothes are from "bargain botiques" so to speak.
This will give you a laugh. The only leather jacket I own is brown swede with fringes. Have had it for years. Someone tell me if it comes back into fashion.
Cosmetics: Name brands, but not the expensive ones, I cant afford it. I did recently buy a cheep imitation of "White Diamonds" perfume and so far, no one has said anything.
Alcohol: dont drink really. (stop laughing Plastic!)
Prescription drugs: I used to buy generic brands until I got an anti-biotic that gave me the worst case of diarrhea that I have ever had in my life! Never again. Always get the name brand now, no matter how expensive. Dont buy generic antibiotics anyone!
Tea: (I cant stand coffee) I always buy my favourite Australian brand - never generic or that dreadful English stuff
Audio/video: I prefer Panasonic or Pioneer. There is a definate difference in quality there.
Summary: I tend to buy generic if there is no Australian made alternative. Although in some specific items, for which quality is important, I buy name brands.
Does any of that help Chicka?
Clothing - No designer labels! I've weaned myself and can now sniff disdainfully at my fluffy friends who are nothing but walking advertisements for D&G, Prada, & the like. The only labelled item I now have which is remotely recognisable are my old and battered Levis 501s. Most of my other stuff are usually tailored, and I insist on no labels.
Accessories. Handbags/belts - anything as long as it has no label or logo. Shoes: tough one, can't resist 'em. I agree with Eryan, the expensive ones usually last longer so I don't feel guilty about splurging. So I buy anything and everything (as long as there's no logo). I don't wear jewellery, except for my wedding band. Don't approve of gold.
Foodstuff. Depends if I have time. If I'm late, I just grab something familiar. If not, then I browse & make sure I buy something that produced by my country, regardless of the brand. Or maybe if there's a huge range of choices (example: fresh produce), I try to purchase something that's from a poor/poorer country (i.e Iranian apples as opposed to American grown, Egyptian lettuce vs. Australian, etc), regardless of the price.
Household appliances: same principle. From my country, or products from less wealthy countries get my preference. So far I've been lucky in that I get value for money, and nothing has blown up yet.
Furniture: See household stuff.
Electronics: Same thing.
Beauty/skincare: I've used Sheiseido for the past 15-16 years because it's made for Asian skin, and I can find it in any country I've lived in. Useful since I move around a lot. Cosmetics - other than YSL lipsticks (my mom used it so I nicked hers, and they last longer), I'm not fussy about the rest.
Alcohol: Anything, really. Coffe: Anthing Columbian or American.
Cigarettes/cigars: 'Hope Menthols' cigarettes from the the Phillippines. Cohiba Slim Panatellas and Romeo y Julietta cigarillos. No compromise there. Cuban made only. Go Fidel!
Cars: German. Sorry, but they're the best, and, in the long run, good value for money. And I've a soft spot for old British roadsters too.
Anything else: As long as the producer the current underdog, I'll choose it over the rest. Hence my fondness for Cuban products, Iraqi rugs, Kashmiri shawls, etc.
As for electronic stuff, if it's cheap, it will die very soon and suck bigtime. Sony suck as well now, though they used to be great. Go for Marantz, NAD, and still Pioneer and B & O for most stuff. And always always buy JBL speakers (unless you can get an old set of Wharfedales like mine but they're really hard to find now). Audio anyway, don't really care about any other electronic equipment though....
Quality is most important to me.. if the generic is as good, then i buy it... usually though, they aren't as good...
Farmers are being short changed to pay the processors and advertisers, as well as exorbitant salaries to CEOs and bribes to their lawmakers. Even in countries where there are farm subsidies, it is because for instance, there are only 10 cents worth of wheat in a $3 loaf of bread.
Farmers around the world are on the breadline and I blame the multi-national corporations and their lackeys the IMF.
Spoken like a true lefty! Cheers for Grondy! If it's any consolation Allyssa, I always buy Aussie carrots when there's no 3rd world alternative on display. They're very sweet, crunchy & have nice pointy ends. Are they organically grown?
I didn't think that politics played any part in my purchasing decisions, but I realised that a small part does influence me after all after writing the previous reply. I though I just had an instinctive hatred of big labels & multi-corporations. Maybe Naomi Klein would give me a pat on the back.
... as for alcohol, I am drinking it at a rate of two-three bottles of beer per year ...
2-3 bottles a year!!!!!?!?!?!?! How?
Some of us, Skwrl, have other bad habits we use to insolate ourselves from the reality of the world, and I don't mean drugs.
PLEASE Dont tell us any more Grondy!
No please do, are they cheaper?
Or maybe on how long you take to finish a computer game. I just finished Tomb Raider 3 in 64 some hours. Which means it cost me only about 30 cents per hour which is a whole lot cheaper than the price of a beer. Of course I miss the interaction with the patrons of your pub and all the morning after headaches, but at least one of those is worth missing.
[Edited on 12/6/2002 by Eryan]
[Edited on 12/6/2002 by Ungoliant]
And if you're gonna drink tabasco, put it in a bloody Mary like you're supposed to.
I don't drink much, but when I do, I do it well. Usually some pints of lager, or Guinness. Give me beer anytime. I'm not really a cocktail fan.
[Edited on 12/11/2002 by TomBombadillo]