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Surprise! Store Brands Are Not Always a Bargain

Trend sees some private-label products costing the same (or more!) than name brands


The Recession hit Main Street America hard. And, as you might expect, U.S. shoppers have been buying a larger amount of less expensive generic goods — instead of the name brand labels.  However, according to the Wall Street Journal, these store brands, many of which are being displayed as gourmet food products, are actually sometimes more expensive than their brand name counterparts.

Loyalty and positive experiences, rather than price, seem to be influencing much of the purchasing decisions for products such as:


  • Sam’s Club’s Simply Right Premium Size 4 — 200 pieces ($35.38)
  • Procter and Gamble‘s (NYSE:PG) Luvs Ultra Leakguard Size 4 — 204 pieces ($33.97)

Greek Yogurt

  • Safeway‘s (NYSE:SWY) Open Nature Stained Strawberry 6 oz. ($1.39)
  • Fage’s Total Strawberry 6 oz. ($1)

Roasted Almonds

  • Target‘s (NYSE:TGT) Archer Farms ($0.37 per ounce)
    • 32 oz. can ($11.99)
  • Kraft’s (NYSE:KFT) Planters ($0.36 per ounce)
    • 21.25 oz. can ($7.74)

Soy Milk

  • Kroger‘s (NYSE:KR) Simple Truth half gallon ($2.99)
  • Dean Foods‘ (NYSE:DF) Silk half gallon ($2.79)

— Andrew Lander, InvestorPlace @andrewlander

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