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What's wrong with cheap spaghetti?

A flatmate tasked me to buy him some spaghetti, and being college students on a shoestring budget I naturally purchased the supermarket basics brand at 19p per pack. Now, I know not all wheat or spaghetti brands are made the same, but is there any particular glaring defects with cheap spaghetti?

He remarked, "This is very cheap spaghetti," while poking it about in the pot. Seemed to slurp down the spaghetti alla carbonara without any ill-effects and even remarked that sometimes he even surprises himself.

Is there anything wrong with cheap spaghetti? On the other hand, what are the appreciable differences with more expensive brands?

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