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[CVS] Things that you should not buy at CVS

Started by Xhanch Studio, April 09, 2011, 11:35:14 PM

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Youââ,¬â,,¢d think that the core competency of a drugstore would be filling prescriptions, so why are the pharmacies at CVS (and all its competitors) in the very back of the store? Because that way, youââ,¬â,,¢ve got miles of aisles to navigate ââ,¬â€ and baskets full of impulse buys to resist ââ,¬â€ on the way. The drugstore chains have been growing by offering higher-end cosmetics, more store brands, expanding their grocery offerings, and even selling prepared food. Would you like a CVS salad with your Lipitor? No store can be all things to all people all the time, though, so donââ,¬â,,¢t let the one-stop shopping convenience empty your wallet. Below are five items youââ,¬â,,¢d be better off buying elsewhere, for reasons of price, quality, or selection.

Here are several things that you should not buy at CVS:

  • [spoiler=Batteries]

    In a Consumer Reports test in 2009, CVSââ,¬â,,¢s alkaline AA batteries came in dead last among 9 different brands, behind those of Walgreens and Costco (the Panasonic Evolta topped the list, holding its charge more than twice as long as the CVS brand). [/spoiler]

  • [spoiler=Bottled water]

    This is one product thatââ,¬â,,¢s usually cheaper at supermarkets; plus they usually stock more brands. A case of 24 half-liter bottles of Arrowhead water, for example, was recently selling for $5.99 at CVS, versus $3.79 at Safeway. Beside the Arrowhead, CVS only carried Nestle Pure Life water in addition to its store brand, while Safeway was offering Aquafina, Dasani, Fiji, Crystal Geyser, Evian, and its in-house brand ââ,¬â€ all selling for $5.49 or less per case. And unless you get lucky and snag a sale somewhere, warehouse stores Costco and BJââ,¬â,,¢s will be the cheapest of all. [/spoiler]

  • [spoiler=Hair dryers]

    CVS has several hair dryers to choose from ââ,¬â€ as long as you like Conair. That was the only brand on the shelf of three Los Angeles CVS stores, although a CVS spokesperson says that the store usually stocks more than one brand. Bed, Bath and Beyond was recently stocking six brands of hair dryers, including a Consumer Reports Best Buy, the Revlon Ionic Ceramic Pro Stylist, for $19.99. [/spoiler]

  • [spoiler=Cereal]

    The markup on cereal at supermarkets is already high, and it typically costs even more at CVS, where floor space is limited. For example, a box of Total cereal that costs $5.79 at CVS was selling for $3.99 at a local supermarket. You might hit a good sale, but before throwing down your cash, make sure itââ,¬â,,¢s a real sale, not just a marketing move masquerading as a deal. In one Southern California CVS store, a sign beneath single-serving cups of cereal read, ââ,¬Å"Stock Up! 10/$10.ââ,¬Â The regular price per cup? $1.00. [/spoiler]

  • [spoiler=Small appliances]

    Unless you need to press a prom dress in a panic, take a pass on CVSââ,¬â,,¢s appliances. The basics that CVS sells ââ,¬â€ irons, toasters, blenders, coffeemakers ââ,¬â€ can be useful in a pinch, and none of them costs more than about $40. But there are only two or, at most, three brands to choose from in each category, and those low prices can be found at other places where thereââ,¬â,,¢s more of a selection. For example, Sears recently had 12 irons on display, five of them for under $40.[/spoiler]

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