Friday, December 18, 2009

You Get What You Pay For

So, last night Shmegan and I were talking about items which come in generic versions and which ones could actually pull it off. For example, Shmegan got me a "Cozy Up" instead of an actual Snuggie, but no matter. Same thing. In this case, generic is totally fine. It's still a blanket with sleeves.In a similar fashion, fake Uggs? Totally fine. No big deal.Generic aspirin? Same ingredients, no big whoop.Fake Pepto? Bring it on.Now, pop is a tricky one. If you're mixing it (say with 7-Up and sherbert, or rum and coke), I think generic brands are fine. Not enough of a difference to matter. However, if you're drinking the pop by itself, it's very important to get exactly what you like. My personal preference? Diet Cherry Pepsi. Delicious.However, there are several things that simply cannot be generic. In those cases, you definitely get what you pay for. For example, Visine....the generic version sucks. Pay the extra money. Get the real stuff. Now, I realize this was long ago and far away, but when I was little, all I wanted in life was a Cabbage Patch doll. A REAL Cabbage Patch doll with Xavier's signature on the butt and a birth certificate to prove it was real. Bless my Mom's heart, she searched everywhere on earth, but no dolls were to be found. So, she improvised and had her friend make me and my sister a doll. Sadly, this did not satisfy my need for a Cabbage Patch doll. Shmegan said her Mom did the same thing, so apparently it was a universal trend. Of course, the next year I got a Cabbage Patch doll and all was right in the world. You can even find them at thrift stores now. Hmmm.Likewise, you can skimp on a Barbie doll. A Barbie is a Barbie, plain and simple. I don't want some stupid Jill doll or one found at the dollar store. I want a Barbie. Oh, and while you're at it, every last accessory for Barbie (I had the dream house, don't be jealous).
Last but certainly not least, there is no substitution for an iPod (or an iPhone for that matter). Trust me, I've tried to cheap out and buy an MP3 player, but for all the hassle they cause, I prefer the simplicity of my iPod. Thankyouverymuch.

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