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The "Real" Stuff Verus the "Fake" Stuff
 
drpepperfanatic  posted on Mar 26, 2010 1:44:40 PM - Report post

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Yeah I know, a little ironic coming from me but I'm just curious.

I was having a discussion with my friend last night and she claims she is trying to drink less soda. It seems like almost every week that we go to the grocery store, she buys a 12-pack of soda (usually Dr Pepper, which is a good choice ). I think this is ridiculous. I mean, I don't even drink that much soda! But that's not what we were talking about. This past week she bought a 12-pack of the store brand of Dr Pepper. I think it was Dr K and some people don't consider that generic but it's besides the point. Apparently, according to her, it's ok for her to drink this different brand because it's "not the same thing". I told her if you compare the ingredients on both of them, they are exactly the same. You're basically buying the brand or the name.

She gets all fiesty on me and says, "No, they're different because I can taste the difference." There have been many studies that challenge such a statement where researchers will put the generic brand and the "actual" brand right next to one another and the taster will try to tell the difference. Most of the time they can't tell. I bet you any amount of money that my friend would never be able to tell which brand they each were if she were in that study.

These companies have marketed their product so well that they have convinced consumers that their product really is different than that "cheap, less tasteful generic stuff." As much as I love my Dr Pepper, I'm willing to buy the generic brand if it means I'm saving money. Am I alone on this? Are there other people that agree with my friend?

 
captainkirk  posted on Mar 26, 2010 1:58:50 PM - Report post

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yer i agree. My local off licensce sells this cola for like 17pence for a litre. Its funny because this tastes exactly the same to me as the coke you get in glass bottles. I kno its weird but its true
 
king-of-games  posted on Mar 26, 2010 5:07:23 PM - Report post

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Yeah I get the same thing when I buy the generic brand of Diet Cola/Lemonade under a brand called Regal. But I couldn't care less. To me it tastes the same, and it 67 cents compared to the roughly 3 dollars I'm paying for the normal Coca-Cola brand.
 
Dhampy  posted on Mar 26, 2010 5:14:34 PM - Report post

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I drink Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr Pepper or Coke Zero...and nothing else tastes like them.
 
RageaholicRick  posted on Mar 26, 2010 8:49:49 PM - Report post

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I agree with you. I have bought both Dr.K and Dr.Pepper and can't tell the difference between them at all. They both taste the same to me and if it saves me money then Dr.K gets bonus points
 
SuperSkyline89  posted on Mar 26, 2010 8:54:37 PM - Report post

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I usually just stick to normal Coke. To me the bargain brands taste different, I'll drink them if someone cheaps out and doesn't buy Coke but I'd never buy them personally.
 
Xientie  posted on Mar 26, 2010 9:20:41 PM - Report post

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She gets all fiesty on me and says, "No, they're different because I can taste the difference."

If it is cooked/distilled/mixed in a different way from the previous recipe despite containing the same ingredients then there is a very good chance that it does taste different, if only by a small margin.

 
saurabhfzd  posted on Mar 27, 2010 12:44:45 AM - Report post

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yea..normal coke is just fine. don't like Diet soda of any kind. tastes weird.
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