I remember the first time I heard the word generic. I was at my grandma’s with some kind of not-brand-name toy and my cousins said that I got the generic of whatever it was. That encounter and word stuck with me.
We’ve been asked why we purchase birthday and Christmas presents for the boys from the States and send them to ourselves. The majority of toys or gifts available for purchase are very cheap, generic toys. Toys that break with first use. Toys that would normally cost about a dollar or less in the USA, but here cost between $3-$10. There is a store with toys that will hold up, however, the cost is outrageous. For example, recently at this store there was a Monopoly board game for 90,000 cfa (almost $200).
We’ve had a Wii since 2008. It recently died, but we were fortunate that a colleague was in the USA for a training time and could bring back a Wii Mini for us. On a recent shopping trip, the same one with the tea, he also found generic versions of video gaming.