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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Jan 30, 2014 10:17PM
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So basically, just don't go to a drugstore for anything, ever, according to this article.
Jan 31, 2014 11:02AM
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After reading this article, I will not follow one bit of advise from it.  I will continue to support my locally prviate owned drug store.  I don't care if I have to pay a little more for advil or a prescription.  If the money goes to a local family and not some huge corperation that is greedy, it makes me feel a little better.  Also when I walk in they know be by first name and treat me with respect.  To me that alone is worth paying a little extra too!

Jan 30, 2014 11:39PM
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What next? A list on what not to buy at a convenience store? I have one for that list.


Don't buy a soda at a convenience store. Instead, buy 24 sodas in a case at Walmart where you will stand in one of only two open lanes for at least 30 mins when they have at least 20 lanes that aren't open.


Sorry, I don't need 50,000 asprins in a package for $30 made in India when I can get 100 for $10 made in Germany or the USA that will still work 2 years out of date before they're completely used.

Jan 31, 2014 12:20AM
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Ten reasons we should stop reading MSN's ridiculous articles…you fill in the blanks
Jan 31, 2014 1:21AM
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so... is there anything you SHOULD buy at a drugstore??? If OTC and prescription drugs are out, that pretty much covers their reason for existence in the first place
Jan 31, 2014 12:40AM
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This is, by far, one of the stupidest articles I've ever seen on MSN. Why in would I NOT go to a drug store for my prescriptions?! And you cannot be serious about buying over-the-counter meds in BULK from Costco/Sam's Club...those things have expiration dates.
Jan 31, 2014 10:20AM
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As they stated several times, you are paying extra for the convenience of not having to walk a mile through the Walmart parking  lot, then walk another mile to get to the pharmacy, then wait behind 12 other people for 30 minutes before finally getting your scrip.  Yeah, I think I'll pay a couple extra dollars to avoid the above!
Jan 30, 2014 10:36PM
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I will not go online for my prescriptions. If your registered pharmacist has a question about your new medicine, then he is free to call your doctor. Sometimes doctors make mistakes and give you the wrong medicine. Now days more and more Registered Pharmacists are actually Doctors who specialized in Pharmaceutical Drugs. I like this because your regular pharmacists will know what meds you already take and can easily keep you from overdosing on a substance that maybe in another med you already take.

All this other stuff, you can buy at a dollar store cheaper.

Jan 31, 2014 10:31AM
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So I shouldn't be using my drugstore for RX? Wrong! I have a PPO which requires me to do so. My co-pay is very low. Going anyplace else would be silly.

 

OTC? "Buy in bulk" advice is good for those who use certain OTC medications on a regular or daily basis. If you don't throwing away over half a bottle of expired medication ends up being more expensive than buying the correct amount in the first place.

 

I have to drive to any of the places they recommend. Does the wear and tear on my car or the gasoline come free? I don't think so.

 

And, to confess to a couple of personal idiosyncrasies , I don't go to larger retail establishments to simply pick up one or two items. I would end up picking up more that I don't particularly need at the moment with the end result of spending more money than I counted on. My bad. I also do not patronize Wal-Mart under any circumstances. I'm proud to say I haven't darkened their door in more than a decade. The why of that is the prevue of another comment.

Jan 30, 2014 10:26PM
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Ever notice MSN is always telling folks where they should or should not buy at, earlier there was an article on dollar stores, what not to buy.

 

MSN, I think folks know their own mine and don't need to be told by you what they should or should not do.

Jan 31, 2014 3:02AM
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note to self...stop reading MSN anything!
Jan 31, 2014 12:26AM
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If you get their rewards card, there are some deals.
Jan 31, 2014 10:25AM
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Mail order pharmacy is great for chronic condition meds and PRN meds, but it's not going to cut it when you get a script such as an antibiotic for a sinus infection, as it can often take a week or more to get a new prescription filled from mail order.


As far as not purchasing that impulse item such as a toy, unless the price is totally out of line, why would you want to take an extra hour to go somewhere else.  Same for sanitizing wipes when someone has something contagious?  Yeah, I'm going to make a special trip across town to get some if I'm out instead of paying an extra $1 - not.


 

Jan 30, 2014 11:25PM
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 It's kind of funny this list has just about everything that Traditionally has been a Drug Store Item. They're not Wrong though. The only things that are cheap in a drug store are the sale Items and surprisingly the best deals are Soda and Snacks and other Grocery type Items. I don't hold it against them though they are still cheaper than Convenience Stores and in my City they are still located throughout the Community. Unlike the Grocery Stores and Dept. Stores that have all moved out of the neighborhoods to Large Shopping Centers. Almost everyone in my City has a good sized Drug Store within walking distance. We have three Elderly Highrises located downtown and they have two Drug Stores right there and they can buy Milk and other food there and that allows them to only go to the Grocery Store once a month which helps a lot because if they don't have a car they need to take a taxi and those aren't Cheap
Jan 31, 2014 10:30AM
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I am now under the impression that all shopping should be done at the Dollar Tree, Costco and Walmart.

 

Of course with the price of gas, I am not going to spend $5 on gas to save a dollar on batteries.

Jan 31, 2014 1:55AM
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must be a new guy writing this or they ran out of stuff to write about. I rate this a 0 out of 100 
Jan 31, 2014 10:23AM
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Do you know how idiotic this article is? Can't buy over  the counter drugs or eye care at a drug store, What can you buy? This just proves how many morons there are in the world.

Jan 31, 2014 9:25AM
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I go to the drugstore for a couple of different reasons.

1. It's local and convenient. It's on my way home. To make it to Walmart or the local box store is a special out of the way trip for me. It would be an hour coming and going, not to mention the time there.

2. Buying bulk is not always a good or even reasonable thing to do. Living alone, I can understand buying toilet paper in money saving 12packs or batteries the same, but I cannot justify buying 36rolls of TP at the box store (which I would have no place for anyway) or 100 batteries.

3. Over the counter meds make more sense to me buying at CVS or Walgreens that at Costco.  I will USE UP my purchase of over the counted items (mostly) that I get at the local drug store, while buying it at the bulk store, it would have expired long before I ever used it up.

The Big Box stores might work well for large families, but with a growing # of single adults living alone out there, unless you are going to share TP or meds with the guy across the hall, or downstairs,they aren't really feasible.

Jan 31, 2014 11:30AM
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This person had to be hard up and on and running late on a deadline for this article......
Jan 30, 2014 11:00PM
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Buying OTC medications in bulk is great ONLY IF YOU ARE GOING TO USE THAT MUCH OF THE PRODUCT BEFORE IT GOES OUT OF CODE.  Otherwise, it's just throwing money in the trash.  My preferred way of buying OTCs is to buy the smaller sizes that come in pill-card form.  That allows me to carry at least a box each of allergy pills and Imodium in a personal first aid kit box, with plenty of room to spare.  I have no problem with paying what some people will call a premium if I can do away with the dead weight of dispenser bottles and product going out of code.
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