Brand Loyalty

I can’t stay loyal to a product to save my life. Why? Why can’t I just find a product I love, and stick with it? Because I am an overly curious person. I see a new product, and I must try it. I should have learned by now, when buying new products, to at least buy the “old” one too.

I did  some grocery shopping the other evening. I needed a some meals for the week, and milk, creamer, your basics. I know by now what flavor of creamers I like, and the ones I do not like. I’m standing there, contemplating what flavor I’d like to have and what do I see??? A new brand of creamer! No way! Yes, way. Only 4 flavors, all of which are my top favorites. I notice it is a tad more expensive, actually quite a bit more expensive. For the price you’d pay for a large creamer, is what you’d pay for a small one of this new brand. I figured the only reason was, it was lactose free, and maybe the fancy name La Crème. GREAT! My tummy does not appreciate dairy very much, however I don’t listen to it. I torture myself everyday so I can have that very yummy cup of coffee. So, I buy this new creamer. I figured, it can’t taste bad, right? Well, not entirely. It wasn’t creamy, and wasn’t very tasty! I had to use double, if not triple the amount I normally would just to get the right color I like. However, my stomach didn’t hurt 20 minutes after my 1st cup of coffee.

So instead of torturing myself with pain, I tortured myself with a bad cup of coffee. Which, let me tell you is so much worse!

Am I the only one that does this? I do this with almost every thing I use, from hair products to food, to clothing. I know there are those of you who find a product, and stick to it like glue. I wish I was like that. But on the other hand, I would never have found all the things I do love.  I would never make a good President, I’m such a traitor and a flip flopper!

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16 Responses to Brand Loyalty

  1. Karen Joy says:

    Oh I think its what a person has to do to find what we really do like.I do stick to something once I know I like it.Now food samples say at Costco often get me to try products I may not have bought.They sure do their job right cause I buy alot from them,we really like alot of their products.Now if its better for your health Nikki I think its a good change.

  2. Joy says:

    Oh Dearie, you know me 😉

  3. SKL says:

    I stray from the tried and true sometimes. Not too often. But I hate to think I might be missing something just because I’m stubborn. I mean, there’s always room for improvement, right? Sometimes I stick with the new, sometimes I go back to the old.

    It can be good to switch things up now and then, even if you end up going back. Take hair products, for example. They say that it’s good to use a different shampoo once in a while to get rid of the residue from the one you use all the time, which supposedly builds up. Even with food, if you don’t mix it up a little, you’ll end up hating that favorite snack someday. At least, I will.

    • Laura says:

      I do agree with Shampoo/Conditioner and other hair stuff. I waffle between expensive brands (salon brands) and the drugstore stuff. My hair’s pretty forgiving, so I don’t feel bad jumping between products.

  4. Laura says:

    I tend to be brand loyal for most things. Occasionally, I’ll drift off, but I usually go back. Recently, I did that with laundry soap. Figured, heck, I’ll buy All Free & Clear, how much different can it be from the Tide Free & Clear (or whatever it’s called) that I’m using? And the All’s like, $4 cheaper. Boy was THAT an expensive mistake!! A 5-day rash, a box of Benadryl and a $98 doctor visit/steroid shot later… I’m back to Tide! Yikes.

    I think the biggest “brand drift” I ever did was away from my makeup brand. I started out using Clinique in high school when I was young and stupid and had money to burn. As the years went on, I knew I really liked it, but it was expensive. So I switched to cheap stuff, tried all kinds of store brands of cleanser, moisturizer, makeup. In the end, though, I’m back to Clinique. Not only does it agree with my rosacea, the makeup doesn’t turn my lip black when I play my flute! (yeah, it’s a common problem. the silver reacts with the foundation).

    So I’ve pretty much learned my lesson. I will try new things, though. But it takes a LOT to leave my particular brands. Don’t know if I’d go so far as stocking up for years…… 😉

    • Joy says:

      Oh no! Was it the All Free and Clear that did that to you??? That’s something I’d never switch from or stray from. I’ve used it for 20 years. Oh no!

      • Laura says:

        yep. that’s what did it! And it surprised me, too, because I had a free sample (about a quart) that I used occasionally with no problem . When I bought a big bottle and actually switched – washing all our stuff in it – that’s when I broke out. I quit using it, and the rash disappeared almost immediately.

  5. Ellen says:

    I try to stick to my usual stuff but shampoo I indeed change every 3 months (when the bottle is empty). I like Neutrogena, so I normally stick with it. Some weeks ago I was at Trader Joe’s and they had some day creme, for a real good price and it was organic. What the heck, if it is not good, I can use it as a feet creme. But, it is a nice day creme and I do not get a rash from it! Also their Tea tree shampoo and conditioner are very nice for your scalp and hair and a terrific price too!

  6. Joy says:

    What’s so funny about me is that I don’t really even look around when I’m out getting groceries or picking things up. I’ll make my list and when I put down cream, I just pick up French Vanilla. It’s like I don’t even see all the other flavors. You were the one who introduced me to that cake batter or frosting one and I did love that but I never would have seen it had it not been for you. The same goes for my cappuccino and all the stuff I’m very loyal to. It is fun to have a change of pace but I don’t ever seek it out.

    I’m not SO locked in though that I won’t try new things. I do like to change up my Dove scents or something like that but I think once I find what I like, I pretty much stick to it. I do change shampoo’s and hair products simply because when I’m getting my hair done I like to try what she’s using on me because I normally love the new smells. But, I’d never actively seek out something new or try it if I didn’t know what I was getting.

    Now, if I’m looking for a “new” product, then I do look around and browse but I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Once I find something, I just don’t see the other stuff.

  7. Jenny says:

    As far as creamers go, I don’t stick with brand. I just look at the flavors and if it sounds good I’ll get it. I do agree with changing up the shampoo & conditioner for the same reasons listed above, but we hardly ever do that. We just buy suave. It’s cheap.

  8. Nikki says:

    I recently just betrayed Cover Girl. That was the one product I have been loyal to for over 15 years. As long as I’ve worn make up. I was needing new cover up and even though I do stick to CG, I am a browser by nature. I saw that Maybelline had a sale and it was for the Instant Age Rewind cover up. So, I bought it. I don’t know but since I’m 30 now I think I need that crap. lol And low and behold…I LOVE IT! It’s my new cover up I will stick with.

    I change back and forth with shampoo/condition. My old stand by was always Tresemme. Mainly because it came in the biggest bottle I could find. But I liked it too. When I cut all my hair off, I bought Pantene. I love that too. My laundry soap, I LOVE Gain. But when our budget is tight I buy the cheap, thankfully we haven’t broke out in rashes! I was so happy when Gain made a dish soap, and I am loyal to that. However my husband is loyal to JOY! Go figure…

    But I have had complete disasters also. I think to myself, why the hell did I buy that?!

    • Phyllis says:

      I use the Maybelline Age-Rewind foundation too! The stuff is great! I also use their light powder and the make-up stays on all day (until bedtime). I only use Cover Girl Outlast lip color for that same reason…it stays on til I remove it at bedtime. So, yeah, with make-up I’m brand loyal.

      Household products, though, I generally go with a store brand, which I’ll stick with if I like it. I do have sensitive skin lately so rashes are a problem here too, but when trying something for the first time I get a small size.

      Clothes I buy for style and fit, without being led by current fashions. When I find a top I like I’ll buy 3 or 4 in different colors. Same with jeans. My mom used to tell I was the only one in the world that shopped like this, but I found out a while back that a lot of us do this. Just seems to make sense to me.

      • Joy says:

        I’m a stockpiler too. When I find something I really like. Lip moisturizer for example. I’ll buy half a dozen every time I go to Walmart or wherever they sell it because I know stuff like that comes and goes. I’m not even going to tell you how many I have now. It’s somewhat embarrassing.

        • Laura says:

          My concern with stockpiling things like makeup… I’ve had it go bad. I’d hate to have that happen.

          On the other hand, I have a second “pantry” in the basement. I’ve got a good week’s worth of food down there… maybe more.

          • Joy says:

            I know. I check that. My powder is okay and the shelf life on lip stuff is long. Especially if it’s in a dark dry spot and mine is in a drawer upstairs. I’d never dare keep anything liquid-y.

  9. Sue says:

    I have some things that I’m loyal to, but I like to try different brands too. Creamer I try different flavors/brands, but always end up back at French Vanilla. Laundry soap is always All Free and Clear. I recently gave Clinique make up a try and I liked some things. I do really like Mary Kay and that reminds me I have to place an order. Shampoo I try all sorts of different ones b/c my scalp is so crazy and have finally found one I like. I can always give something a try, but if I don’t like it I have no problems switching back!

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