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These everyday words are actually brand names

Lovemoney Logo By Daniel Coughlin of Lovemoney | Slide 1 of 51: Making a brand so popular it becomes a generic term is every marketeer's dream but also can be their worst nightmare. 'Genericization' is the ultimate marketing accolade, a sign that a household name has universal appeal and is the go-to in its field, but it can also lead to the dreaded 'genericide', when a brand loses identity and distinctiveness, not to mention its trademark. Here are 50 brand names that, for better or worse, have ended up as generic terms.

Household names people use as generic terms

Making a brand so popular it becomes a generic term is every marketeer's dream but also can be their worst nightmare. "Genericization" is the ultimate marketing accolade, a sign that a household name has universal appeal and is the go-to in its field, but it can also lead to the dreaded "genericide," when a brand loses identity and distinctiveness, not to mention its trademark.

Click ahead for 50 brand names that, for better or worse, have ended up as generic terms.

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