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Is Walmart products good - Huge Price difference between Walmart and Shoppers Drugmar

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Nov 5th, 2012 11:39 am

(*)Speaking of "misinformed and bad shoppers here" why did you buy Advil when you can get generic ibuprofen (the active ingredient in Advil) for less per tablet at regular price and a lot less per tablet when it's on sale? ;)
+1. You could buy tons for about Shopper sales price from (say) Costco without waiting for sales.
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Drug Mart's overpriced. I wonder why Canadian retailers keep going out of business....

And the difference is huge sometimes, saw a medicine at Drug Mart for $22, decided not to buy it, same one was at the Superstore pharmacy for $12 (and RCSS isn't exactly cheap either). SDM is good for points and cosmetics I guess.
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Nov 5th, 2012 12:11 pm
Drug Mart's overpriced. I wonder why Canadian retailers keep going out of business....

And the difference is huge sometimes, saw a medicine at Drug Mart for $22, decided not to buy it, same one was at the Superstore pharmacy for $12 (and RCSS isn't exactly cheap either). SDM is good for points and cosmetics I guess.
It is mostly for convenience I believe, SDM is one of the few pharmacies that are open to the public 24/7 and they do home deliveries which are ideal for the elderly or those who cannot easily get to another pharmacy that is cheaper.
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gman wrote:
Nov 5th, 2012 11:42 am
Then, you need to deal with Shopper's reward program to get the reward back.
Which is a huge hassle in itself. It also makes price comparison more difficult because you're comparing today's price at the competitor—what you pay today at the cash register—with the promise of a future, lower post-reward price. My life is complicated enough without having to do those sorts of calculations.

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Merchants originally created rewards programs to reward customers for their loyalty. They've now depreciated the value of their rewards program so that the bulk of the reward for your loyalty goes to them, not you. For that reason I won't buy from a rewards sponsor if the reward is the only reason their price is competitive. And if I buy from them because the cash register price is competitive I view any additional rewards if, as and when I actually redeem them, as an extra bonus.

Moreover I refuse to fill my wallet with single-merchant rewards cards so stores like SDM have to offer me good prices to begin with before I enter their store.
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Winkle wrote:
Nov 5th, 2012 12:25 pm
It is mostly for convenience I believe, SDM is one of the few pharmacies that are open to the public 24/7 and they do home deliveries which are ideal for the elderly or those who cannot easily get to another pharmacy that is cheaper.
If I need a prescription after hours I'm more than willing to pay an extra $5 or so as an "after hours dispensing premium" to pay for the convenience. I don't see why everyone else should subsidize the cost of 24/7 for the few who need it.

As for seniors, other pharmacies also offer home delivery, either for free or for a nominal cost.
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Winkle wrote:
Nov 5th, 2012 12:25 pm
It is mostly for convenience I believe, SDM is one of the few pharmacies that are open to the public 24/7 and they do home deliveries which are ideal for the elderly or those who cannot easily get to another pharmacy that is cheaper.
Not in Sudbury, with all stores regulated to having to close at 10pm, it makes me wonder how the overpriced ripoff artists like Metro and Shoppers can stay in business, while Food Basics and Wally World offer the same products for much less. At least when I was living in London, the more expensive options were open late, or 24/7, so the higher price was a 'tax' on the convenience.

There's a Shoppers near my new place, and I only go there for milk and a few other things that are typically the same price everywhere.
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cyder wrote:
Nov 4th, 2012 6:44 pm
you are the one saying all meat is the same shithead
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cyder wrote:
Nov 5th, 2012 5:49 am
you talked about their meat not being inferior, they sell AA meat, everyone else sell AAA
What? Barely anyone sells AAA.
Well outside of the "Premium" line that's ridiculously over priced like Safeway's $50/lb Tenderloin.
I damn near had a coronary.

"Regular" meat is AA in most stores.
Hell... I saw A meat in Superstore once. It was a WTF moment.
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gman wrote:
Nov 5th, 2012 11:42 am
The problem is you have to track to buy. When you need medicine, you want it now instead of waiting for its promotion period. Then, you need to deal with Shopper's reward program to get the reward back.
Most people wants low price everyday instead of may be low price on certain days.
If you have to track, you may as well tracking Walmart's (or other stores).
exactly. no one in their right mind can spend so much time tracking prices on every items. just buy it from walmart/superstore/costco and I know it can't be that far off from the lowest price.
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Frankie3s wrote:
Nov 5th, 2012 10:58 am
Man you got ripped. I would take the $15 one back to Shopper's for a refund.
Yes very much ripped. can't return it, i bought it for emergency and used it immediately.
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You can price match between both stores :D
Go to the one that is cleaner or more convenient to shop at!
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Winkle wrote:
Nov 5th, 2012 12:25 pm
It is mostly for convenience I believe, SDM is one of the few pharmacies that are open to the public 24/7 and they do home deliveries which are ideal for the elderly or those who cannot easily get to another pharmacy that is cheaper.
The main things SDM makes money on are #1, perscriptions, and #2, cosmetics. They make hardly any money on anything else. This is why the cosmetics section is right in your face when you enter the place, and why the perscription counter is as far from the door as it can possibly be.
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brunes wrote:
Nov 6th, 2012 7:28 am
The main things SDM makes money on are #1, perscriptions, and #2, cosmetics. They make hardly any money on anything else. This is why the cosmetics section is right in your face when you enter the place, and why the perscription counter is as far from the door as it can possibly be.
I suspect they make far more money on cosmetics than on prescriptions.

Cosmetics, especially name brands, has always been a high margin business. The main challenge for SDM over the past couple of decades was to get women to buy their cosmetics at SDM rather than at traditional outlets like department stores.

Prescriptions are becoming less and less profitable as governments and insurers squeeze the suppliers/prescribers. Witness the recent skirmishes in Ontario between the government and pharmacists over kick-backs from the drug industry.

That's one reason why drugs are at the back of the store. It's the same reason staples like bread and milk are at the back of a grocery store. They want you to go through as much of the store on your way to get them in order to entice you to buy the high margin stuff on impulse as you go by.

I suspect SDM also makes money on OTC drugs and personal care products, again especially the name brands. But yes, it's hard to see how they can make money on groceries. They're probably counting on getting suckers in the door to buy groceries at or near cost, hoping that while they're there they buy lots of the high margin stuff on impulse.
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Cosmetics is indeed quite profitable, also one of the reasons why The Bay has survived as long as it has. They have a huge cosmetics section right at the front of every store, they're one of the few stores that have so many brands under the same roof.

I only go to SDM when they have their regular Duraloop sales or the occasional sales on Mrs Field's cookies.
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this is typical over-pricing for SDM......i only go when they have something on sale i want. & i HATE as soon as i walk in the store i am bomb-barded with "Hi,,,how r you"? .. by an overly made up hussy.. :mad:

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