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  1. keannu's Avatar
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    #1

    Buy generic.

    Doesn't it have to be "generic products"? "generic" only seems to be an adjective. Also, I haven't seen any generic product in Korea, is it common in English-spoken countries?

    2)If you buy in bulk and take advantage of sales you'll save even more. Buy generic. You will save big by not buying name brands. Unless you're extremely loyal to a certain manufacturer...

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    Re: Buy generic.

    We hear it all the time and we have to live with it. It's just like eat healthy or live strong. But it is not modern: cf "live free or die."

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    Re: Buy generic.

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    We hear it all the time and we have to live with it. It's just like eat healthy or live strong. But it is not modern: cf "live free or die."
    I don't think of it as a bad thing, unless meaning is lost. "Buy Australian; Buy fresh". Most of these make more sense than if a noun was actually added, because a noun would actually constrain the meaning in a way not intended by the speaker.

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    Re: Buy generic.

    When I was a child in the 70s they had true generics. Items packaged in plain black-on-white labels. No pictures, no graphics. Just "Potato Chips" or "Spaghetti Sauce" (and the necessary weights and ingredient lists).

    Nowadays there tend to be "store brands" or "value brands." They're not quite as stark in their packaging. In most cases they are the same product (or roughly equivalent) for less money. I mean Corn Flakes are flakes of corn, whether the box says "Kellogg's" or not.

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