Thursday, August 4, 2011

Thrifty Thursday: Name Brand VS. an Alternative

Today's Thrifty Thursday post is about buying name brand vs the not so name brand. A month or so ago some of my friends were talking about the Zoku Ice Pop maker. I was in awe, I loved everything they were creating. Then, I found out it was $50. No way I could justify $50 in popsicles!

So, I was excited to find the Hamilton Beach Ice Pop maker at Walmart for $20 less, which we love BTW!
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So how do you know the lesser one is good enough? How do you know when you are paying the big bucks, you aren't just paying for a name?

  • Do the research: do a search and find what the item's alternatives or "knock offs"
  • View the ratings: sites like Amazon and are great to find reviews on products.
  • Check the return policy: Stores like Walmart have a pretty decent return policy. If you buy something and find you don't like it, you can return in. Before investing in any item, make sure you know the return policy.
What have you bought that was an alternative to a higher brand? What about an item that you found you can't possibly use a "generic" for?

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