I'd posted, that Walmart's Red Baron pizzas are 6.75 ounces for two, instead
of 12 ounces. Went back to the same Wal, and they have "deep dish" frozen
pizzas, which are 12 ounces for the two of them. Wish they would make the
boxes a bit different.
On 10 Oct, 13:47, "Stormin Mormon \\(on backup computer\\)" <cayoung###++
They did make the boxes a bit diffferent. One box says Deep Dish and
12 oz on the box, the other says something else and 6.75 oz on the
What are you looking for...a different color/size/font/shape for each
different product? Ever hear of Brand Recognition? I'll bet they spent
hundreds of thousands of dollars to try and get their packaging to be
be recognizbale as their own. They can't have vastly different
packages for every individual product.
Hate to say it, but you're going to have to read the boxes more
carefully from now on.
On Wed, 10 Oct 2007 13:47:34 -0400, Stormin Mormon (on backup computer)
BJ's wholesale club often sold house brands of foodstuffs that were
packaged almost identical to name brands and placed them side by side on
the shelf. I thought that was very deceptive and I let them know it.
That has been a common practice with house brands for decades. Not just
food items, but toothpaste and such as well. Same color package, similar
lettering, etc. They know that if people grab the wrong one, and don't
realize until they check out, they will seldom go back and get the right
one, especially if people are in line behind them.
Lotsa times the house brands are the exact same product, however.
Sometimes the containers are even identical, just with different labels.
Many people consider this practice as helpful, rather than deceptive. It helps
to show the identical product at a lesser price. Yes, you need to read the
labels, but in most cases the ingredients and proportions are the same. Check
the ingredienst and price differential between Listerine cool mint and the house
brand that looks similar. Benedryl antihistimine tablets?
That used to be the case years ago, not so much these days, and when
made by the same company, it's typically a case of a contract producer
doing the production for a large number of brands and all to different
What supermarket chains do you patronize? I'm asking because in SOME
instances, you can't make a blanket statement about generic brands any more.
For instance, we have Wegman's here, and their store brand canned goods are
about as spotty as any other store's. But, they have quite a few products
that are remarkable - better than the name brands, in some cases.
Some private label manufacturers will follow whatever recipe is called for
by the supermarket chain whose name will go on the product. If the chain
wants to create a cheap, lame product, that's what they'll get. Not all
chains go this route, though.
Bet you couldn't tell the difference if you didn't know which was
which. I worked with a broad who wouldn't use brown coffee filters as
she could "taste" it. I slipped one in on her and she never noticed.
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. That is why I hedged my previous post the
way I did. Canned Veggies, for example, the house brand is often a notch
lower on grading scale, even if it comes out of same plant. Bottled
grapefruit or lemon juice, OTOH, is often obviously out of the same
bottling plant, in the same glass or PET bottles, just with different
labels. Tuna- well, you takes your chances. Judging by the lot numbering
schema on the top, looks like the entire gamut, from name brand extra
fancy to cat food, comes off the same factory ship, and it is a judgment
call when they change labels. OTC Meds- the name brand and generic can
be out of the same factory, but usually not, although the house brands
at the various chains are often from the same place.
All you can do is do a sample purchase of a single container on the
house brand, and give it a try. If you can't tell the difference, go
with the cheap stuff, and hope they don't change suppliers the next
month. 'House brand' often changes on the fly, as they get lower bids
from some <other> vendor looking to keep a factory running full shifts.
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