For Cheap Toiletries, Don't Turn To Your Local Pharmacies

How many times has this happened to you? You’re at your neighborhood drugstore, picking up meds, when you remember you need shampoo or maybe some other personal care product as well. You’re at the store, they have the what you need… But are you gonna get hosed at the checkout?

One of the awesome things about having ShopSmart as our sister publication? It has dozens of “secret shoppers” that actually buy stuff — and can answer such burning questions.

Recently, the intrepid crew priced 66 top-selling personal care products at seven websites and chain stores. Here’s a rundown of the number of times each retailer had what we were looking for at the lowest — and highest — prices compared to the others:

Retailer
Lowest Price
Highest Price
Walmart
36
0
HarmonDiscount.com
10
1
Target
9
0
Amazon
6
5
Drugstore.com
6
11
Supermarkets
0
5
Walgreens
0
17
CVS
0
28

Surprised?