Are “name brands” really always “better” than other brands?

It’s a common thing … “name brands” are supposed to be the “real” or “good” brands, and all of the other ones are supposed to be the “fake” or “bad” brands that you should be afraid of. Sounds just like the concocted mentality of the force behind the “name brands” trying to say, to be blunt, “Buy our stuff and give us the money, not the little brands!” When you really consider, it’s simple: lots of the name brands use the same or nearly the same ingredients as accompanying, rivaling, or similar lesser-known brands. What’s the real difference then? You might have guessed it … it’s mostly the name. The name and familiarity are two examples of some of the most known differences between more familiar brands and less familiar brands. The name brands don’t have any shamans, sorcerers/sorceresses, or any other influentially-magical people bless their food, products, or whatnot with indistinguishable flavors that are secretive and indeterminate. Another thing you’ll commonly see between the name brands and the small brands: price. Because people are at the mercy of believing that name brands are somehow better, it’s seemingly plausible to feel you must spend so much more money to get their products. If you’ve ever settled for a less expensive, less known product you might have found that the reason it may taste worse is because it’s made differently … not just because it’s less expensive. The driving mentality behind this line of thinking is also taken by the motto, “You get what you pay for.” In other words, it’s a misguided belief that you only get better with more money, or that what’s more expensive is more rewarding. Subjectivity, mass-consumerism, and so many other flaws I won’t point out in this flawed way of reasoning. It’s simply untrue that if you pay more, you always get better. It’s just that when people become attached to products, they assume that these products are good because they cost more. Or they assume that, because it costs more, more money goes in to making it a better product. If only more people knew that some tier 1 companies use the exact same manufacturing processes as the “nobody brands”, maybe then they’d be less brainwashed by these ideologies of how shopping is “supposed” to work. If you like a brand, good. If it’s a good price as well, even more good. What’s not good and not right is to assume that the brands you never try, or the brands that are less expensive are worse based solely on the price tag or lesser known name. This is like saying Katy Perry is the best singer in the world and anyone less known than her is “bad” because they don’t have her fame. Same exact concept with shopping, so we can assume that mass-consumerism in shopping works similarly to unreasonable worshipping of famous idols … In short, what’s known is “good”, and what’s less known is “bad” … that’s the whole mindset.

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