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    I feel like there's some sort of stigma around shop brands like tesco value, sainsburys own etc.

    Anyway, I want to know if you dislike them and why or if you're happy to buy shop own brands as well as normal brand products.

    Do you notice much difference in quality and is it worth having something worse for the price?
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    I pretty much stick to own brand and value products, the majority taste similar if not the same, the things that taste a bit different i just use seasonings in to make up for it.
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    Own brand "basic" goods are pretty much the same, it is only once you get into the more specialised goods where you notice a difference.
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    Not if they are Tesco or Sainsburys own brands when it comes to fruit, cakes and cheeses etc. :coma:
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    Nope. It depends. Some own brands are better than others and some ranges within own brands are better than others. Some branded products ahve not been replicated by own brands (Lurpak butter and Lyles Golden Syrup.). Some value brands are dire and you cna for the most tell the lower quality ingredients, such that I wouldnt consume them.
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    I personally go for named brands for consistency. I shop in a lot of different super-markets depending on where I am, and also like to experiment a lot in the kitchen. I like to know that I can create something, cook it again and it will taste the same irregardless of where I last shopped.

    Obviously there are a few exceptions to this. I'm not overly fussy what brand my pasta or rice is (well, pasta slightly more-so), as well as fresh veg, but when it comes to anything like butter, tomato puree, alcohol, I personally like to have consistency.
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    Own brands are absolutely fine but I buy a mix of each. A lot of sweets and snack items (chocolate, crisps, etc.) I tend to buy branded although I switch back and forth between branded and own brand for variety.

    Own brand fresh fruit and veg is fine since there aren't really alternatives and it all comes from the same place.

    For bread I'll either buy own brand fresh baked or buy branded loaves.

    Sainsbury's basics Bourbon biscuits are one of the few things where I can't tell the difference between the basics and branded range.

    Frozen food tends to be a mix between own brand and branded.

    Generally I don't see any reason to stick to one or the other. I just buy whatever I want
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    Food wise I like shop own brand food tbh it's cheaper and tastes the same for the most part, though clothes is another story. Branded clothes are just better then non, not because of the name but because own brand clothes are very basic. whilst I like my fashion so different brands have different styles which look better and worse.
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    M&S and Waitrose own brand is better than most brands


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    Own brands are absolutely fine but I buy a mix of each. A lot of sweets and snack items (chocolate, crisps, etc.) I tend to buy branded although I switch back and forth between branded and own brand for variety.

    Own brand fresh fruit and veg is fine since there aren't really alternatives and it all comes from the same place.

    For bread I'll either buy own brand fresh baked or buy branded loaves.

    Sainsbury's basics Bourbon biscuits are one of the few things where I can't tell the difference between the basics and branded range.

    Frozen food tends to be a mix between own brand and branded.

    Generally I don't see any reason to stick to one or the other. I just buy whatever I want
    I agree.
    With some things you cant tell the difference anyway.
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    I think it depends on the place and product. For example, there's nothing wrong ever with Waitrose's own brand (essential waitrose), but when you go to the shops that are known for being cheaper, I always worry about sugar and salt content in the foods.
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    Not inherently, no. It depends on the product and the quality of said product.
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    Nothing beats some of Icelands own brand frozen food.

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    Tesco ham, **** me just top quality stuff.
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    Co-Op cookies are amazing, they have more chocolate chips than Maryland and the actual biscuit bit tastes exactly the same.

    I never buy shop own alcohol though. I always used to drink Frosty Jack back in the day, and even though I'd willing kill my liver and sobriety with that horrific concoction of chemicals, my standards would still tell me to never buy Tesco own lager :lol:
 
 
 
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