From Dean Dowd on September 23, 2008 in General Remodel
Before starting a new remodel project, I wanted to know more about the pros and cons of buying generic brand building materials to see if I could save some money. When I go to the pharmacy and ask for the generic brand, theres no problem there. As for buying apparel, well, I am a woman (near expert) and I do know what a name brand is over a lesser brand or copy brand. So online I went.
I checked out all the do-it-yourself sites imaginable and found nothing. I checked out suppliers and found plenty of supplies, but nothing which differentiated brand names from generic brands. I checked out every possible key word I could think of and found very little except the same sites over and over again. When I looked up anything containing the word generic, I found mostly information on pharmaceuticals. Under brand names, I found apparel sites. Under building material, I found every supplier in the universe none of them offered information about generic brands. Instead, they claimed all their brands are good, or they wouldnt carry them.
The best advice I found was to look for the quality and price range I was interested in and to let that be my spending guide. If youre not an expert in this particular field on consumer buying, like me, how do you know what is a better quality over another? Should I go with pricing only? I was always taught that you get what you pay for, but Ive also learned in life that that isnt always necessarily true, either. In this case, its more like buying from brand name stores vs. outlets and liquidators; choosing regular prices vs. bargain or discounted prices; and going with new products vs. seconds or used/recycled products.
So my conclusion is that I need to do a lot more research and become familiar with the brands and quality they provide before starting on my project. Or I can go to a real expert and let them help me out in my choices. Im opting for the expert; I think the time savings will be a money saver in the long run.