CVS Stores To Get Redbox Kiosks

CVS Stores To Get Redbox Kiosks

In an attempt to spread their retail footprint even further, Redbox has made a deal with pharmacy chain CVS to begin rolling out their video rental kiosks at stores across the country. [More]

Netflix Is Fine With No Saturday Mail Delivery; Amazon, Not So Much

Netflix Is Fine With No Saturday Mail Delivery; Amazon, Not So Much

When we first wrote about the US Postal Service’s plan to put an end to Saturday deliveries, only 35% of the 7,000 readers polled thought it would be a hassle to their way of life. However, many commenters wanted to know what this would mean for deliveries of their precious Netflix DVDs. Yesterday, they got their answer. [More]

NYC CVS Caught Dumping Old Prescriptions On Sidewalk

NYC CVS Caught Dumping Old Prescriptions On Sidewalk

One would think that, after paying out over $2 million in 2009 for improperly disposing customers’ prescription info, CVS would have a tighter lid on how they handle this sensitive information. If so, someone at a CVS pharmacy in Manhattan didn’t get the news. [More]

CVS Misprices Meds, Offers Refunds If You Say Please

CVS Misprices Meds, Offers Refunds If You Say Please

When CVS discovered that prices listed for brand-name drugs on its SilverScript Medicare site were mistakenly displayed at about 4% less than the drugs were actually being sold for, the company quickly fixed the glitch, according to a report in today’s Wall Street Journal. But what happened to customers who saw the “low” prices and ended up paying more at retail? According to The Journal, CVS cut a deal with the government, allowing the company to offer refunds only to customers who asked for them. CVS then sent letters to the customers that said they could call and discuss “your options,” and made no mention of the possibility of a refund. [More]

CVS Employee Strangles Shoplifter

CVS Employee Strangles Shoplifter

A CVS employee in Chicago chased a 35-year-old shoplifter out of his store and held him in a chokehold for “several minutes” on Saturday morning until police came. The thief–who had stolen tubes of toothpaste–was taken to a hospital and initially described as in “fair-to-serious” condition, but then declared dead about 45 minutes later, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. The death is being ruled an accidental homicide, and the police aren’t going to press charges against the employee. [More]

CVS Is Charging $.20 For This Free Toothbrush & Tongue "Scrapper"

CVS Is Charging $.20 For This Free Toothbrush & Tongue "Scrapper"

Consumerist reader Dan recently went to his local CVS to score some toothpaste when he noticed that the store was offering two versions of the same 6-oz. tube of extra whitening, maximum strength, sensitive toothpaste. One was just the toothpaste while the other came with a free toothbrush… And then he looked at the price tags. [More]

Walmart Wins: Top 10 Most Valuable Retail Brands

Walmart Wins: Top 10 Most Valuable Retail Brands

Interbrand Design Forum– part of a global brand consulting firm– has ranked the top retail brands and guess what? Walmart is most valuable. [More]

Learn To Play The Drugstore Game From The Very Beginning

Learn To Play The Drugstore Game From The Very Beginning

Are you curious about what dedicated bargain-hunters call the Drugstore Game, taking advantage of drugstores’ reward programs in order to acquire more toothbrushes and shampoo than your family could ever possibly use? What frugal person isn’t? Yet the forums where people discuss the tricks of this game can be intimidating, and it’s hard to know where to start. What if you’re not ready for major-league Drugstore Game? Is there maybe Drugstore Game T-Ball? Yes, there is! [More]

CVS Challenges You To Explain Their Reverse Sale

CVS Challenges You To Explain Their Reverse Sale

Reader Kyle took this photo of a “discount” at CVS. [More]

CVS, Walgreens Drop Tamiflu Prices After AG Sends Nasty Letter

CVS, Walgreens Drop Tamiflu Prices After AG Sends Nasty Letter

Are CVS and Walgreens price gouging on liquid Tamiflu? The attorney general of Connecticut’s office says the AG, Richard Blumenthal, has “received information suggesting that some pharmacies have charged substantially increased out-of-pocket prices for Tamiflu, in some cases as high as $130 or more. He has also heard that some retailers may be purchasing capsules of higher-dosage Tamiflu from distributors and remarketing it as liquid-form lower dosages at greatly inflated prices.” [More]

Greenbacks For Green Bags At CVS

Greenbacks For Green Bags At CVS

Many stores offer discounts to customers who bring their own reusable bags to shop. Now, CVS is integrating their customer loyalty program with a green initiative, and plans to reward customers with 25 cents every time they use reusable bags.

Coupon Ninja Spends $5 For $91.97 Of Merchandise

Coupon Ninja Spends $5 For $91.97 Of Merchandise

Sure, not everyone has the time, inclination, or buying habits that make extreme coupon-shopping worthwhile. But everyone can benefit from learning some of the proud secrets of the coupon ninjas, such as coupon sources for products you probably already use, and combining sales, rebates, and coupons.

Great Deal At CVS

Great Deal At CVS

Reader Evan spotted this smoking deal at a Los Angeles CVS. He didn’t specify what exactly a “CVS HLTH GRO THPST” is, but at that spectacular discount, who could pass one up? I’ll tell you who — those wise consumers who hold fast until the price drops even further, to $3.19.

NYC CVS Apparently Mis-Applies Sales Tax To Diapers

NYC CVS Apparently Mis-Applies Sales Tax To Diapers

Punhon bought diapers at a New York City CVS and was charged 4.875 percent sales tax, which she believes shouldn’t have been applied. She writes:

CVS Will Automatically Refill Your Prescription, Consent Be Damned

CVS Will Automatically Refill Your Prescription, Consent Be Damned

CVS pharmacies apparently don’t need consent to enroll customers in ReadyFill, a program that signs customers up for the maximum allowable number of prescription refills and then robocalls them when their drugs are ready. According to a veteran pharmacist, the automatic enrollments began after CVS’ corporate office set specific performance targets that would affect bonuses for managers and pharmacists. Inside, the pharmacist tells us what ReadyFill is, how it works, and how to escape those annoying robocalls…

Silly Consumer, Did You Think Your Prescription Info Was Private?

Silly Consumer, Did You Think Your Prescription Info Was Private?

The NYT has the story of a woman who, more than 10 years after she tried and failed to have a baby using in vitro procedures, is still getting marketing information for all sorts of products. First it was Pampers and baby formula — then, as the baby she did not have “grew up,” so did the marketing offers. How did they get her information? They bought it.

Teen Finds Cocaine In CVS Candy Aisle

Teen Finds Cocaine In CVS Candy Aisle

A 14-year-old in Middleburg, Florida, went to buy some Skittles at a CVS and found a small bag of cocaine next to the candy. Police have reviewed the security tapes, but say the store’s cameras don’t cover the candy aisle. As if sugar doesn’t make them hyper enough already.

Toothpaste Purchase Results In 3-foot Long Receipt

Toothpaste Purchase Results In 3-foot Long Receipt

CVS asks: How about some dead trees and a bunch of ads with that purchase? Not in so many words, of course: that would actually give shoppers a choice.