Saturday, January 26, 2008

Brand loyalty

Do you still use the same toothpaste your family used when you were young? I do. But the brand loyalty breaks down in our family, because SO DOES JEFF. And it's not the same brand. It's like when two people with hyphenated names marry each other. What then?

And it is strong stuff, people. Jeff has pretty much relinquished all household-related brand choices to me. I shop, I cook, I feed bubba. He uses the soap and shampoo that I pick. Laundry detergent? Dish soap? No problem. But will he use my toothpaste (Crest)? No way. Somehow, he finds time for his own little secret toothpaste shopping trips (Colgate, that too-creamy too-minty second rate product, whatever). I know him, and I keep thinking that one day he will succumb to convenience and start using my Crest. But he won't. And likewise, I have adopted several of his brand loyalties. Salad dressing. Pan scrubbers. Flexible, that's my middle name. But will I switch to Colgate? No way, man.


Poor bubba. So far we (and by we, I mean I) have chosen a third option for him.

But I'm afraid one day he might want to try the grownup toothpaste. It will be a fork in the road for him, for sure. And what is life growing up with a house full of different toothpastes? It is bleak indeed.

21 comments:

Vanessa said...

Choices! Many right choices, and he is free to choose the one that suites him best. It will be good practice for college. (Yes a long way off, I know.) But its kinda like choosing a major in college where there is no wrong answer, just follow your heart (or teeth).

Bea (of B&P) said...

My mother-in-law puts Colgate in a stocking for us every year. For a long time, I simply ignored these offerings and went blithely on my way purchasing Arm & Hammer sensitivity protection with baking soda. Then I decided I'd better save my pennies and work my way through the Christmas-stocking backlog. But it just doesn't seem right to me. (I'm willing to cheat on Crest for the sake of fancy extra-protection toothpaste, but Colgate means going over to the other side.)

P-Dawg said...

Our kids use the Tom's of Maine toothpaste, too. I've never had a paste preference, though. Except one time I bought orange vanilla crest and the P-Dawg put his foot down on that one. I kind of like it.

Rima said...

Ooops! I didn't realize the P-Dawg was STILL LOGGED in under his account! That last comment was from me, not my husband :)

Minnesota Matron said...

This is so funny. We have the same heels, dug in. Each of my three children, alas, prefer a different stupid brand of toothpaste! I use any old thing but once those delicate lips tasted one taste of bumble gum crest or super mint colgate or whatever it is on the shelf, they were hooked. But because I can't care, I have to write the name down every time I go to the store. Argh.

Hey, I haven't been here in awhile and very much enjoyed my visit! Great writing!

Kellan said...

I make the brand choices in our family as well - but, like in your house, the toothpaste is a choice that my family is very particular about. My kids and my husband definitely tell me the toothpaste the would prefer and I do buy what they want. That's strange - I never thought about this before.

Have a great Sunday and thanks for coming by to see me. See you soon. Kellan

Karmyn R said...

Ha ha! That is very true! I buy whatever toothpaste is on sale - but there are other products that I will only buy one brand of. Fortunately, my husband was raised by his parents to not complain about anything. - accept what is put in front of you - so he never says anything! He could be thinking tons of stuff - but it never comes out! hee hee

(and my kids use Tom's - because they don't like "hot" toothpaste)

Tootsie Farklepants said...

Yes. We are a Pepsi/Coke household. Pepsi in my camp, Coke in Mr. Farklepants...and never the two shall meet.

Mac and Cheese said...

It appears that my marriage has escaped this conundrum, probably because both of us lived with our parents too long and never learned our own brand preferences.

the end of motherhood said...

Try the Tom's of Maine Fennel toothpaste and you'll never look back for either Crest or Colgate.

coffespaz said...

That's pretty funny. I am flexible with most things, but toothpaste, dish detergent, soap and laundry softeners are non-negotiable. If hubby wants to use something different, then he gets his own tube/jar/container! Retrospectively...all the brands I insist on are ones that my mother used. Hmmm....

Childlife said...

Hee, hee! We're going on 13 years of a Crest vs. Colgate standoff too : )

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