Yes, you’ve been brainwashed. The generic pops differ as much as the namebrand ones of course but I have found ones I would like just as well, even if they weren’t half as expensive. I do not disagree that some generic products could be inferior.
I found a beetle in a generic can of spinach once. I’ll never buy that again but it didn’t turn me off all generics. I dare say it could happen to a brandnamed can, too, though not as often.
I do not disagree with the possibility that some brandname manufacturers might also make generic alternatives. Heck, some of them produce different competing brands of the same product as it is.
But the idea that generic products packaged similarly to recognizable brandname versions are made by the same company is an <Strong><blink>urban myth</blink></Strong>. I wouldn’t be surprised if that rumor was created and kept alive by the generics manufacturers themselves. Why do generic products whose packaging gets a little too close to the original get in legal trouble every once in awhile? Are the companies suing themselves? Copycat packaging is a scam, not a helpful tip for those of us clever enough to notice it.
My favorite generic product (which I haven’t found in my current grocery stores unfortunately) was Mother’s(?) vanilla cream cookies. The artificial flavor was formulated wrong. They actually tasted like maple sugar. I had half a dozen packages over the years and they all tasted the same. Thank you, generic cookie scientists, for screwing up.
As for seconds, I used to buy namebrand jelly beans [How embarrassing, the name eludes me at the moment.] seconds at the one dime store which sold them. I actually found them more fun than their regular products, as they were real big or real small or a whole bunch of jelly beans stuck together. Yum!