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(Marketwatch)   Five things not to buy at drugstores (including drugs)   (marketwatch.com) divider line 101
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2014-02-06 08:06:51 AM
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2014-02-06 08:26:05 AM
The list, in a nutshell:

1. Drugs
2. Food
3. Makeup
4. Cleaning products
5. Office and gift supplies

Missing:  6.  Pretty much everything.
 
2014-02-06 08:34:04 AM
...so according to their list, pretty much their entire inventory then...
 
2014-02-06 08:34:38 AM
What's that leave?  Candy and batteries?  The latter's probably more expensive, too.
 
2014-02-06 08:43:11 AM
No small bear dressed like a bee that says "Bee Mine" on it?
 
2014-02-06 08:43:28 AM
Antiques?
 
2014-02-06 09:05:12 AM

vudukungfu: Antiques?


Don't be silly.  I go to Cracker Barrel for those.
 
2014-02-06 09:05:30 AM
That's why I only do HUGSTORES!
 
2014-02-06 09:26:06 AM
"Animal Meat" conspicuously absent.
 
2014-02-06 09:27:42 AM
Slideshows?
 
2014-02-06 09:28:26 AM

brap: That's why I only do HUGSTORES!


When I want drugs or guns, I go to THUGSTORES!
 
2014-02-06 09:38:15 AM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: "Animal Meat" conspicuously absent.


I was going to ask you if there was non-animal meat but then I remembered Taco Bell.
 
2014-02-06 09:39:43 AM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: "Animal Meat" conspicuously absent.


Ricky and Bubble are selling it in the parking lot.
 
2014-02-06 09:44:11 AM
So, this just in..... pharmacies are generally much smaller than a huge grocery/dept store, so, you pay a premium to not have to walk a mile to the back to get a gallon of milk and stand in line for 20 minutes.
 
2014-02-06 09:44:49 AM

dletter: So, this just in..... pharmacies are generally much smaller than a huge grocery/dept store, so, you pay a premium to not have to walk a mile to the back to get a gallon of milk and stand in line for 20 minutes.


OMG you cracked the secret!
 
2014-02-06 09:55:51 AM
Sign up for the CVS card. They throw you a few bucks every month or so. Get the email, where almost every week you get a 20% off coupon. Read the yard-long receipts, they have good coupons.

I've shifted a lot of my non-food shopping there.
 
2014-02-06 10:10:31 AM
Save yourself a slideshow:

The answer is 'everything'.
 
2014-02-06 10:14:22 AM

xanadian: The list, in a nutshell:

1. Drugs
2. Food
3. Makeup
4. Cleaning products
5. Office and gift supplies

Missing:  6.  Pretty much everything.


Came here for this, leaving amused. The whole point of that list was "hey, drug stores are way smaller than Walmart, so their stuff may be more expensive than Walmart!"

Well, honestly, the whole point of that list was to sell the ads included in six page views, but you get the idea.
 
2014-02-06 10:25:22 AM
"The average price for a pint of Ben & Jerry's was $5.52 at drugstores, while it averaged just $4.42 at grocery stores-a 25% average difference in price; the price of a gallon of whole milk at drugstores averaged $3.69, while it was less than $2.99 at grocery stores; the price of Double Stuf Oreos was $4.52 at the drugstore but just $3.09 at the grocery store."

I read this and see some chick in line with these items and a $2 preggo test, crying.
 
2014-02-06 10:36:10 AM

Satan's Bunny Slippers: I read this and see some chick in line with these items and a $2 preggo test, crying.


I think this week the Ragu test is a better deal. Only about a buck fiddy.
 
2014-02-06 10:37:28 AM
It's a convenience store that sells drugs. This should only surprise Ric Romero.
 
2014-02-06 10:42:52 AM

dittybopper: brap: That's why I only do HUGSTORES!

When I want drugs or guns, I go to THUGSTORES!


When I want a condescending article filled with obvious advice, I got to SMUGSTORES!
 
2014-02-06 10:45:50 AM
Convenience stores are often more expensive than larger supermarkets / retail stores.

Extra convenience is typically not free.


Film at 11
 
2014-02-06 10:51:42 AM

show me: Satan's Bunny Slippers: I read this and see some chick in line with these items and a $2 preggo test, crying.

I think this week the Ragu test is a better deal. Only about a buck fiddy.


They sell the stick type preg tests at my local Dollar Tree.  If I needed one, I'm pretty sure I could spring the $4 at a Walgreens or such...not ragging on DT, I LOVE my DT, but not for that......
 
2014-02-06 10:56:14 AM

Lyonid: dittybopper: brap: That's why I only do HUGSTORES!

When I want drugs or guns, I go to THUGSTORES!

When I want a condescending article filled with obvious advice, I got to SMUGSTORES!


When I want something to carry hot beverages, I go to MUGSTORES!
 
2014-02-06 10:58:33 AM

factoryconnection: Lyonid: dittybopper: brap: That's why I only do HUGSTORES!

When I want drugs or guns, I go to THUGSTORES!

When I want a condescending article filled with obvious advice, I got to SMUGSTORES!

When I want something to carry hot beverages, I go to MUGSTORES!


When I want my floors to be warm, I go to RUGSTORES!
 
2014-02-06 11:05:06 AM

dletter: So, this just in..... pharmacies are generally much smaller than a huge grocery/dept store, so, you pay a premium to not have to walk a mile to the back to get a gallon of milk and stand in line for 20 minutes.


Yes drugstores are pretty much convenience stores that also have pharmacies and medical products. I don't think anyone thinks they can compete on price and selection of most products with the larger grocers.
 
2014-02-06 11:06:53 AM

Satan's Bunny Slippers: factoryconnection: Lyonid: dittybopper: brap: That's why I only do HUGSTORES!

When I want drugs or guns, I go to THUGSTORES!

When I want a condescending article filled with obvious advice, I got to SMUGSTORES!

When I want something to carry hot beverages, I go to MUGSTORES!

When I want my floors to be warm, I go to RUGSTORES!


When I need to restock my Praying Mantis supply, I go to BUGSTORES!
 
2014-02-06 11:10:26 AM

Archimedes' Principal: Satan's Bunny Slippers: factoryconnection: Lyonid: dittybopper: brap: That's why I only do HUGSTORES!

When I want drugs or guns, I go to THUGSTORES!

When I want a condescending article filled with obvious advice, I got to SMUGSTORES!

When I want something to carry hot beverages, I go to MUGSTORES!

When I want my floors to be warm, I go to RUGSTORES!

When I need to restock my Praying Mantis supply, I go to BUGSTORES!


When I want to ruin everyone's Christmas, I go to HUMBUGSTORES!

/you guys took the easy ones...
 
2014-02-06 11:10:48 AM

Archimedes' Principal: Satan's Bunny Slippers: factoryconnection: Lyonid: dittybopper: brap: That's why I only do HUGSTORES!

When I want drugs or guns, I go to THUGSTORES!

When I want a condescending article filled with obvious advice, I got to SMUGSTORES!

When I want something to carry hot beverages, I go to MUGSTORES!

When I want my floors to be warm, I go to RUGSTORES!

When I need to restock my Praying Mantis supply, I go to BUGSTORES!


When I want to bust a nut, I go to massage parlors TUGSTORES.
 
2014-02-06 11:11:08 AM

Archimedes' Principal: Satan's Bunny Slippers: factoryconnection: Lyonid: dittybopper: brap: That's why I only do HUGSTORES!

When I want drugs or guns, I go to THUGSTORES!

When I want a condescending article filled with obvious advice, I got to SMUGSTORES!

When I want something to carry hot beverages, I go to MUGSTORES!

When I want my floors to be warm, I go to RUGSTORES!

When I need to restock my Praying Mantis supply, I go to BUGSTORES!


When I need to restock my ammo supply, I go to SLUGSTORES!
 
2014-02-06 11:12:43 AM

Diogenes: Archimedes' Principal: Satan's Bunny Slippers: factoryconnection: Lyonid: dittybopper: brap: That's why I only do HUGSTORES!

When I want drugs or guns, I go to THUGSTORES!

When I want a condescending article filled with obvious advice, I got to SMUGSTORES!

When I want something to carry hot beverages, I go to MUGSTORES!

When I want my floors to be warm, I go to RUGSTORES!

When I need to restock my Praying Mantis supply, I go to BUGSTORES!

When I want to bust a nut, I go to massage parlors TUGSTORES.


dittybopper: When I need to restock my ammo supply, I go to SLUGSTORES!


clkeagle: When I want to ruin everyone's Christmas, I go to HUMBUGSTORES!


When I want a puppy, I go to PUGSTORES!
 
2014-02-06 11:18:16 AM

factoryconnection: When I want a puppy, I go to PUGSTORES!


Damn you, you son of a milkless whore!  I was coming in to say "When I want brachycephalic canine, I go to PUGSTORES!", but you stole my thunder, you, you, thunder-stealer.
 
2014-02-06 11:21:28 AM
But they are the only place I can buy "As seen on TV:" stuff. What am I to do?
 
2014-02-06 11:24:24 AM

factoryconnection: Diogenes: Archimedes' Principal: Satan's Bunny Slippers: factoryconnection: Lyonid: dittybopper: brap: That's why I only do HUGSTORES!

When I want drugs or guns, I go to THUGSTORES!

When I want a condescending article filled with obvious advice, I got to SMUGSTORES!

When I want something to carry hot beverages, I go to MUGSTORES!

When I want my floors to be warm, I go to RUGSTORES!

When I need to restock my Praying Mantis supply, I go to BUGSTORES!

When I want to bust a nut, I go to massage parlors TUGSTORES.

dittybopper: When I need to restock my ammo supply, I go to SLUGSTORES!

clkeagle: When I want to ruin everyone's Christmas, I go to HUMBUGSTORES!

When I want a puppy, I go to PUGSTORES!


When I want a biography of "Battlin' Bella", I go to ABZUGSTORES!
 
2014-02-06 11:28:04 AM

Dr Dreidel: factoryconnection: Diogenes: Archimedes' Principal: Satan's Bunny Slippers: factoryconnection: Lyonid: dittybopper: brap: That's why I only do HUGSTORES!

When I want drugs or guns, I go to THUGSTORES!

When I want a condescending article filled with obvious advice, I got to SMUGSTORES!

When I want something to carry hot beverages, I go to MUGSTORES!

When I want my floors to be warm, I go to RUGSTORES!

When I need to restock my Praying Mantis supply, I go to BUGSTORES!

When I want to bust a nut, I go to massage parlors TUGSTORES.

dittybopper: When I need to restock my ammo supply, I go to SLUGSTORES!

clkeagle: When I want to ruin everyone's Christmas, I go to HUMBUGSTORES!

When I want a puppy, I go to PUGSTORES!

When I want a biography of "Battlin' Bella", I go to ABZUGSTORES!


I'll get the lights.....
 
2014-02-06 11:28:17 AM

Dr Dreidel: factoryconnection: Diogenes: Archimedes' Principal: Satan's Bunny Slippers: factoryconnection: Lyonid: dittybopper: brap: That's why I only do HUGSTORES!

When I want drugs or guns, I go to THUGSTORES!

When I want a condescending article filled with obvious advice, I got to SMUGSTORES!

When I want something to carry hot beverages, I go to MUGSTORES!

When I want my floors to be warm, I go to RUGSTORES!

When I need to restock my Praying Mantis supply, I go to BUGSTORES!

When I want to bust a nut, I go to massage parlors TUGSTORES.

dittybopper: When I need to restock my ammo supply, I go to SLUGSTORES!

clkeagle: When I want to ruin everyone's Christmas, I go to HUMBUGSTORES!

When I want a puppy, I go to PUGSTORES!

When I want a biography of "Battlin' Bella", I go to ABZUGSTORES!


When I want to dance, I go to FRUGSTORES!
 
2014-02-06 11:28:40 AM

Satan's Bunny Slippers: show me: Satan's Bunny Slippers: I read this and see some chick in line with these items and a $2 preggo test, crying.

I think this week the Ragu test is a better deal. Only about a buck fiddy.

They sell the stick type preg tests at my local Dollar Tree.  If I needed one, I'm pretty sure I could spring the $4 at a Walgreens or such...not ragging on DT, I LOVE my DT, but not for that......


On the plus side, you wouldn't have to dress up like you are going to walmartgreens or something.
 
2014-02-06 11:30:04 AM
On my way to the hootenanny, I stop by the JUGSTORE.
 
2014-02-06 11:32:22 AM

show me: Dr Dreidel: factoryconnection: Diogenes: Archimedes' Principal: Satan's Bunny Slippers: factoryconnection: Lyonid: dittybopper: brap: That's why I only do HUGSTORES!

When I want drugs or guns, I go to THUGSTORES!

When I want a condescending article filled with obvious advice, I got to SMUGSTORES!

When I want something to carry hot beverages, I go to MUGSTORES!

When I want my floors to be warm, I go to RUGSTORES!

When I need to restock my Praying Mantis supply, I go to BUGSTORES!

When I want to bust a nut, I go to massage parlors TUGSTORES.

dittybopper: When I need to restock my ammo supply, I go to SLUGSTORES!

clkeagle: When I want to ruin everyone's Christmas, I go to HUMBUGSTORES!

When I want a puppy, I go to PUGSTORES!

When I want a biography of "Battlin' Bella", I go to ABZUGSTORES!

When I want to dance, I go to FRUGSTORES!


When I want a plucky female gymnast to pull off a vault while injured, I go to STRUGSTORES!
 
2014-02-06 11:36:41 AM

show me: Dr Dreidel: factoryconnection: Diogenes: Archimedes' Principal: Satan's Bunny Slippers: factoryconnection: Lyonid: dittybopper: brap: That's why I only do HUGSTORES!

When I want drugs or guns, I go to THUGSTORES!

When I want a condescending article filled with obvious advice, I got to SMUGSTORES!

When I want something to carry hot beverages, I go to MUGSTORES!

When I want my floors to be warm, I go to RUGSTORES!

When I need to restock my Praying Mantis supply, I go to BUGSTORES!

When I want to bust a nut, I go to massage parlors TUGSTORES.

dittybopper: When I need to restock my ammo supply, I go to SLUGSTORES!

clkeagle: When I want to ruin everyone's Christmas, I go to HUMBUGSTORES!

When I want a puppy, I go to PUGSTORES!

When I want a biography of "Battlin' Bella", I go to ABZUGSTORES!

When I want to dance, I go to FRUGSTORES!


Dead horse, I know
When I need a recording by a band formed in New York in mid-1963 by poets Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg, with Ken Weaver on drums, I go to FUGSTORES
 
2014-02-06 11:40:35 AM
I don't understand why anyone shops at CVS or Walgreens. There don't seem to be bargains, but worse than that, the checkout system is awful even when the store is empty. I only shop there when I'm out of town, and then only rarely.
 
2014-02-06 11:47:07 AM

stewbert: I don't understand why anyone shops at CVS or Walgreens. There don't seem to be bargains, but worse than that, the checkout system is awful even when the store is empty. I only shop there when I'm out of town, and then only rarely.


Convenience. While the checkouts can be a pain, they're still easier than the checkouts at any larger store. Sometimes I'll drop into CVS for something really quick because it's much easier to locate and purchase than it is to run inside Walmart or the grocery store (both just around the corner from the CVS)... I know I'm paying more, but I also know I'll be back in my vehicle and leaving the parking lot before I'd even make it to the checkout at any of the other stores.

Next thing you know they'll tell us a gas station has more expensive soda than the grocery store. No shiat, Sherlock- we still get them at the station because it's faster and we're there already. Quality, fast, or cheap- pick two. Since it's the same item, you can have it fast or cheap. That speed/convenience costs money.
 
2014-02-06 11:51:49 AM
The average price for a pint of Ben & Jerry's was $5.52 at drugstores, while it averaged JUST $4.42 at grocery stores.

Oh, America, the land of the expanding waistline and the shortening memory. Save yourselves lots of money by buying ice cream by the 3.5 quarts instead of by the pint!!1!

And pick up a 13.5 ounce can of coffee while you're at the store.
 
2014-02-06 11:56:12 AM

akula: stewbert: I don't understand why anyone shops at CVS or Walgreens. There don't seem to be bargains, but worse than that, the checkout system is awful even when the store is empty. I only shop there when I'm out of town, and then only rarely.


Convenience. While the checkouts can be a pain, they're still easier than the checkouts at any larger store. Sometimes I'll drop into CVS for something really quick because it's much easier to locate and purchase than it is to run inside Walmart or the grocery store (both just around the corner from the CVS)... I know I'm paying more, but I also know I'll be back in my vehicle and leaving the parking lot before I'd even make it to the checkout at any of the other stores.

Next thing you know they'll tell us a gas station has more expensive soda than the grocery store. No shiat, Sherlock- we still get them at the station because it's faster and we're there already. Quality, fast, or cheap- pick two. Since it's the same item, you can have it fast or cheap. That speed/convenience costs money.


This.  I rarely buy anything at WG, although if I have a one-off Rx it goes there.  (I mail order my Rxs 90 days at a time).  But when I do, it's exclusively on my way home at the end of a work day and "sheesh it's raining bukkits/colder than a well digger's ass/snowing and blowing and hideous" so rather than go to my grocery store or Wal Mart, park in the gigantic lot and hike inside in inclement weather, I'll stop at the Walgreen's that's literally on my way  home, right turn in, right turn out, no need to wait for traffic lights or cross traffic, park withing 15' of the front door.  I'm in and out even with the farked up checkouts much faster than hitting the bigger stores.

But again, this is a rarity, and I don't expect it to be cheaper.  Just easier for my lazy arse to do.
 
2014-02-06 11:59:24 AM

drongozone: show me: Dr Dreidel: factoryconnection: Diogenes: Archimedes' Principal: Satan's Bunny Slippers: factoryconnection: Lyonid: dittybopper: brap: That's why I only do HUGSTORES!

When I want drugs or guns, I go to THUGSTORES!

When I want a condescending article filled with obvious advice, I got to SMUGSTORES!

When I want something to carry hot beverages, I go to MUGSTORES!

When I want my floors to be warm, I go to RUGSTORES!

When I need to restock my Praying Mantis supply, I go to BUGSTORES!

When I want to bust a nut, I go to massage parlors TUGSTORES.

dittybopper: When I need to restock my ammo supply, I go to SLUGSTORES!

clkeagle: When I want to ruin everyone's Christmas, I go to HUMBUGSTORES!

When I want a puppy, I go to PUGSTORES!

When I want a biography of "Battlin' Bella", I go to ABZUGSTORES!

When I want to dance, I go to FRUGSTORES!

Dead horse, I know
When I need a recording by a band formed in New York in mid-1963 by poets Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg, with Ken Weaver on drums, I go to FUGSTORES


When I want some good old Southern banjo music without walking funny for days, I go to SCRUGGSTORES!
 
2014-02-06 12:03:54 PM

xanadian: The list, in a nutshell:

1. Drugs
2. Food
3. Makeup
4. Cleaning products
5. Office and gift supplies

Missing:  6.  Pretty much everything.


Yeah, it seems like they've covered the whole store... But then again, they have a heading like "drugs", and then go on to mention that it's just SOME drugs that are more expensive, while their headline makes it sound like every drug. I get average prices at the drug store on OTC stuff...

And I've found over the years that Walgreen's is a great place to buy stuff like Halloween and Xmas decorations, especially when you are living somewhere like an apt, and don't have a huge hose to decorate. I have no idea how this came to be.
 
2014-02-06 12:07:03 PM

Mikey1969:  and don't have a huge

hose to decorate.


There's no need to brag.
 
2014-02-06 12:09:43 PM
Cigarettes?
 
2014-02-06 12:27:06 PM
I thought it was understood that everything at drug stores were overpriced.

Drugstores have become bigger bodegas with a centralized management company.
 
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