For many people, going shopping for groceries, electronics, and other commodities can get pricey all too quickly. But there is no avoiding the need or want for many of these things. Often, people lean towards buying generic versions of items to save money. And while this may be a good idea for certain things, there are some products whose generic versions simply aren’t as high in quality as name brands, and will therefore be less effective. To help you distinguish between what is worth splurging on, here are 11 products you should never buy cheap generic versions of.
So many of the devices we use rely on batteries to keep them running. These items can range from remote controls and clocks to cell phones and hearing aids. Since batteries are needed so often and for long-term use, it makes sense to look for high quality, long-lasting brands. Generic batteries often have less power and die long before brand name ones do. Since they may be a fraction of the price, generic batteries can easily draw you in, but you will have to replace them more often, so you will most likely not save a significant amount of money over the lifetime of the item using the batteries anyway. It is an especially good idea to use better batteries in important items such as remote controls, flashlights and other items you use on a regular basis. Keeping a fresh supply of brand name batteries is also advised in case they are needed in an emergency situation, such as a power outage.