10 things you shouldn't buy in drugstores

You're usually better off purchasing these items at warehouse clubs, dollar stores, big-box retailers or supermarkets.

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Feb 6, 2014 2:29PM

Seeing how MSN just recycled this article and deleted all the post I will say the same thing.


I would rather pay a little extra to support my local family owned drugstore, then support some big corporate chain like Wal-Mart or Target.  It is easy for me to find everything, the staff knows me by first name and I am always treated with respect, not like a number.  That alone to me is worth the extra money.

Feb 6, 2014 2:47PM
This article proves that not much is required to be a writer for MSN.
Feb 6, 2014 2:39PM

Then please Tell what I can buy from these drug stores .... Give me a break...MSNBC what is your agenda?

Feb 6, 2014 3:33PM
Why wasn't this called, Don't shop at your local drug store." Stupid article!
Feb 6, 2014 2:29PM
So the moral of this story is to buy everything from either the Dollar Store, Costco, or B J's...got it.  Its worth noting (at least in NC) you do not have to be a member of a big box store like Costco to use their pharmacy.  My Dr pointed me there on a scrip that would be $90 at CVS and $30 at WalMart with my insurance but only $15 at Costco without my insurance....turned out he was wrong, it was $14.38. 
Feb 6, 2014 2:31PM
So pretty much, don't buy @hit at a drugstore?....
Feb 6, 2014 3:26PM
Sounds like they are just telling us to avoid drug stores completely. It is reports like these that causes businesses to go under just because a so called expert somewhere decides they want to close them all down. Drug stores are for the purchase of medical needs and prescriptions and this report is telling people not to buy anything from a drug store, including drugs.
Feb 6, 2014 3:50PM

So I should drive 35 minuites to my nearest Wallmart/dollarstore/costco and give my $$ to the big boys instead of shopping at my family owned family drug store which is 5 min from home? 


Oh I forgot I can buy my gas at one of the big box stores too.  This is the kind of thing that is killing America & the middle class. 


Guess I should stop hitting up my local farmer for eggs and produce too.  Thanks MSN, you are not in bed with wallmart at all.   


So you just recycle the articles and delete all the comments? Are your writers having a block?

I guess I'll just say the same thing again, too.

Time is important. Once you have spent time, you can't get it back. You also don't get "more" time with your next paycheck. Bottom line can't be the only consideration. If you are driving yourself to other stores to "save money" and aren't taking into account the costs of the transportation and the lost time then you really aren't saving anything at all.

Feb 6, 2014 3:20PM
I sometimes wonder about the articles you see at MSN. Some of the info they give is way off base. I live in a remote area and the closest WalMart doesn't always have my contact solution. I will go to the one and only drug store (Walgreens) to get my solution and it's only about a 50 cent different.  The fact is, Walgreens has everything I need so a few cents is not going to hurt me.
Feb 6, 2014 3:17PM
So what does that leave for us to buy at a drugstore? Tampons and chocolates?
Feb 6, 2014 3:49PM
They keep talking about going to a Dollar store, yet just a few days ago there was the warning about buyer beware when buying at stores like Dollar General, Dollar Store, and Dollar Tree.  I know from personal experience you get exactly what you pay for when you go to one of these cheap stores.  I buy my one-time prescription medicines from Walmart Neighborhood stores; most of my meds come from VA Hosp. and some come from Express Scripts.
Feb 6, 2014 3:27PM

Prescription drugs.  I tried using three different insurance plans mail order service.  Here is my experience.   It takes a couple months just to set up the service.  What's so hard.  It's an RX by a physician and your address.  After setup expect late delivery.  In some cases depending on the medication, they need a signature.  They don't tell you that when you set it up.  No signature and it goes back, no meds.  You do get your meds.   First thing you want to do.  Open each RX and count the pills.  Chances are you will be short.  You will also find partials and broken pills.

These are billed to save you money, usually a months worth.   They are not usually sent by the insurance company but by a contracted company who you can't get ahold of.   Need extra's or have a prescription change good luck.   If you take one or two prescriptions that are not of vast importance no big deal.  If you are taking heart, blood pressure, anxiety drugs.  forget it.  This section is just bad information.


Feb 6, 2014 3:23PM
Every time I read these "10 best" articles on MSN, I regret doing so because all I get is ****. Who writes this stuff? You must think everyone is dumb. Come up with some original stuff. So far ll you spew is ****.
Feb 6, 2014 4:25PM
This article seems extremely biased against drug stores, especially CVS.
Feb 6, 2014 2:32PM
There will be one thing you will no longer be able to buy from a drug store and that's cigarettes and tobacco products from CVS. There are a few other stores who are reviewing this action, but, many may not follow suit. Unfortunately, cigarettes and tobacco products are considered a lucrative product in many stores. But, the good news is, there has been a drop in sales of this product over a period of time.
Feb 6, 2014 2:43PM
Feb 6, 2014 3:45PM
Big Pharm only wants you to buy their drugs.  So they can have all the money.  It's always about the money.
Feb 6, 2014 4:42PM

You wanna know what these stores are great for? SALES. Check their ads. I can get a gallon of name brand milk at CVS or Walgreens when they are on sale for $2.99. WalMart, HEB, and Albertsons are all almost $5/ gallon. They also have great sales on toiletries, makeup and cleaning products. Between their coupons, manufacturer coupons, BOGO, and cash back for members you can get stuff for free. FREE! And not generic stuff either. Check Krazy Coupon Lady website if you don't believe me.

The diabetes testing and heart monitors have usually have huge coupons AND a rebate, so half the time they are free as well. And really, do you WANT a pregnancy test from the dollar store??? There has to be a reason it's $1.

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