On Brands

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I usually don’t pay that much attention to brands.

I just buy whatever is cheapest, or most convenient.

But I must go on record saying that there are a few notable exceptions. There are a handful of brands that I am happy to spend more money on, brands that I go out of my way to consume.

Soft Drinks: Coke or Dr. Pepper

Bottled Water: Smart Water

Make-Up: Laura Mercier

Deodorant: Dove

Toothpaste: Colgate

Personal Computer: Mac

Fast-Food: Chick-Fil-A

And the one that gets me the most fired up…

Ketchup: Heinz

(You don’t want to see what happens when I am served the wrong kind of ketchup. ;))

How about you? What brands are you most loyal to?

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Lindsey has a sincere love for her precious dogs Molly and Maisy, a good red wine and the Delta Sky Club. She spends her days (and some nights) laboring to end childhood hunger at Feed the Children and to gather, equip and unleash women at IF:Gathering.

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  • Computers: Mac

    Books: Thomas Nelson (This isn't a suck up. I honestly will pick up a book and look at it closer if I see the house on the spine.)

    Phone: iPhone

    Church: Cross Point

    Girls: My girlfriend, Amy

    • Amy is a brand…hmmmm.

      I love that you are so faithful to Thomas Nelson. I am faithful to Cross Point too.

  • I used to be loyal to Brands…but I am more loyal to product lines now. (and a dork for knowing the difference) Back in the day if Def Jam put out a record, I would just jump in and buy it. I knew it had to be good if it was Def Jam. But these days, it is so much more about being connected to the things I like. Having a relationship emotionally, usually via a story, that interests me enough to care about that product amidst the clutter of NEW, CHEAP, FREE, and BETTER. Its the marketing equivalent to a revolution I guess. 🙂
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    • I get what you are saying…brands vs. product lines. Cuz I like Diet Coke but not Diet Cherry Peppermint Coke. And I like Heinz ketchup but not Heinz steak sauce.

  • Actually, The thing about book brands is interesting to me because I'm not loyal to any publishers (I barely know or care who prints which books) but am very loyal to certain authors (fiction only).

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    • Yeah, I am with you on this. I obviously care a lot about Thomas Nelson as a brand but most of the other publishing brands (with the possible exception of Chronicle) are lost on me.

  • Gina

    Aquafresh toothpaste(only one I can find which doesn't say "Made in Mexico"), lady speed stick, Poland Spring, Pepsi, Kashi, Honda

  • Actually, The thing about book brands is interesting to me because I'm not loyal to any publishers (I barely know or care who prints which books) but am very loyal to certain authors (fiction only).

  • Do I get bonus points if I say Thomas Nelson? 🙂

    I'm not necessarily loyal to brands as much as products.

    I import one type of cereal from England and only eat Heinz baked beans but I don't eat any other products by the manufacturers of those items.

    I also have used the same type of Crest toothpaste for over 20 years.

    I don't have any particular favorite brand of makeup or hair products.

    The one 'brand' I'm probably loyal to is my cell phone provider. Actually, it's two brands because I'm loyal to my providers both in the US and the UK.

    Oh, and my bank. I've had the same bank account since I was 6 in the UK and don't ever plan on changing the bank accounts I opened here in the US!

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  • Interesting topic when I actually stopped to thik about it. User experience brands popped into my mind easily like Apple, DirecTV, Chic-Fil-a, Qdoba, and Pixar. But I couldn't come up with anything that related to big-ticket purchases (cars, appliances, furniture), clothing, or even grocery items (I, too, am always comparing the price per unit and making smart buys). I'm also a musician and audio gear buff, and while I admit I have some high-end favorites, when it comes to average music store purchases – I'm looking more for quality, features, and price more than I am a specific brand. (Example: why buy a Fender Stratocaster when there are 500 companies that make very good "strat style" guitar?) (qualification: we're not talking about the vintage market here – we'd be talking about new gear as it relates to brand loyalty)
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    • I could think of one…Dyson. I love my vacuum. Love my vacuum.

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    Mac! That's my major brand now and I'm a fanatic about it. 🙂 I love Lush coconut bar shampoo and that's all I will use now. I can never remember it's real name. It's long and begins with a T. 🙂 I love Echo Espresso coffee beans and Los Gatos Coffee company coffee as well. I'm a coffee snob. I'm a big fan of Christopher and Banks jeans in the modern fit style.

    • Another one I love is the ironless shirts from Brooks Brothers. They are fantastic.

  • I like Dove deodorant, too. As for soda (or pop, as we call it around here), this is a typical conversation when my husband and I go out to eat:

    Me: I'll have Coke.
    Waitress: We have Pepsi; is that okay?
    Me: I'll just have water, then.

    Mark: I'll have Dr. Pepper, please.
    Waiter: We have Mr. Pibb; will that be all right?
    Mark: NO. I'll have iced tea, no lemon.

    We're a little particular that way. 🙂
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    • I understand. I hate it when they don't disclose that they will not be serving coke products and it just shows up in a Pepsi glass tasting funny.

  • I buy a LOT of generics.. but here are some things I stick with the Name-Brand:

    Window Cleaner: Windex

    Ketchup – Definitely HEINZ!!!

    Make-Up – Mary Kay (worn it since I was 12!)

    Pop – (Not Soda, or Coke… I'm from Ohio 🙂 – Diet Mountain Dew

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  • Coffee: Folgers
    Ketchup: Heinz
    TP: Angel Soft

    Other than that, whatever is on sale.
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  • i used to be about brands…till i found the beauty of generic products. whoomp whoomp! and it's so much cheaper too….but not all generic or (cheaper products) work for me…

    here are my non-compromising must haves:

    Make-Up: chanel lip liner (yes it needs to be chanel…it's very expensive but those lip liners last forever)
    Lotion: cetaphil cream and clinique dramatically different moisturizing lotion
    Cereals: honey bunches of oats (generics taste cardboard-y)
    Phone: blackerry

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  • I have to definitely agree with the Coke/Dr. Pepper, and Heinz ketchup, but I'm not sure about the Laura Mercier makeup…oh wait, I'm not supposed to say that. 🙂

    I'm curious why you like SmartWater? I have a hard time telling the difference between brands of water, but I'd love to know why people like a certain one.

    • I think I am a sucker for the packaging and the promised "electrolytes."

    • Aquafina is the only bottled water for me. It tastes sweeter than any other I’ve tried. The rest taste really sour or chemical-ly or something. And yes I’m sure chemical-ly must be a real word. 🙂

  • Jacklyn

    As someone who was born and raised in Pittsburgh PA, I agree with the Heinz. I'll smack someone if they try to serve me Hunts. That's not ketchup 😉
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  • Jacklyn

    As someone who was born and raised in Pittsburgh PA, I agree with the Heinz. I'll smack someone if they try to serve me Hunts. That's not ketchup 😉
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  • For me, it's Coke or nothing else. I could be, at times, more loyal to Coca Cola products than Jesus…..

    Off to think about that for a while….
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  • There are certain brands I'm sort of particular about, but not loyal too. Some of them are: Montreal Steak Seasoning, Bar-S Bacon, Carharrtts, Dell, Cannon, and OFF brand soda.

  • So with you on the ketchup thing, I can tell in a second if it is a different brand. Hate it when I go out to eat and get a different brand especially when it is masked in a Heinz bottle!! It should be illegal!
    Other brand loyalties:
    Waffles: eggo
    Laundry detergent: Tide
    Tin foil: Reynolds
    Mac & Cheese: Kraft

  • Mac & Cheese – Kraft
    Milk – Shamrock Farms Organic
    Laundry Detergent & Dish Soap – Method
    Cherrios (all flavors) Had hubby complain too often about the taste of generic ones.

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    • Kraft Mac & Cheese is so good. In a gross, powered cheese sort of way.

  • Interesting question. Probably reveals a lot about a person. Guess I'm not terribly loyal from a brand standpoint since I can only think of two. Mayonnaise must be Helman's. Perfume must be Chanel No. 5.
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    • Not a huge mayonnaise person but I will only touch Helman's. I mean…what exactly is Miracle Whip?

  • We don't skimp on the ketchup either – Heinz all the way.
    Laundry – Gain and Downy
    TP – Charmin (Although I have dropped down to the Basic)
    Mayo – Kraft (the one with olive oil)
    Other than that – MOST store brands will do.

    Oh yes, my hubby works for Ford so that's a given!
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  • Computers: PC (I am a big HP fan right now)
    Soft drink: Coke
    Watch: Timex
    Car: GM

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  • I like this post! I just may have to steal your idea for my own blog sometime!

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  • 1 word. Starbucks.

  • Water: Aquafina
    Pasteurized processed cheese food: Kraft (also their mac & cheese, which makes the PPCF a wonderful entree)

  • oh my dang, i'm such a heinz girl! and thankfully they import it into south africa because african ketchup is sooooooooo bad!

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  • I wish I had a dollar for every time somebody used my 1957 Heinz Ketchup vector illustration.
    -Don Henderson
    Pittsburgh, PA

  • I wish I had a dollar for every time somebody used my 1957 Heinz Ketchup vector illustration.
    -Don Henderson
    Pittsburgh, PA