2 Walgreens in Same City Charge Wildly Different Prices
Chain has biggest price differences compared to CVS, Rite Aid: study
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2013 8:10 AM CDT
This Friday, June 21, 2013 photo shows the script "Walgreens" over windows at the store in Wexford, Pa.   (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

(Newser) – Thrifty shoppers, beware. A consumer watchdog group descended on New York, LA, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Orange County, and promptly went shopping, purchasing a list of 25 items from 485 CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid locations. What it found: Price differences of as much as 55% for the same product at Walgreens locations in the same city, reports the Chicago Tribune. (Price variations at CVS and Rite Aid weren't nearly so dramatic.)

CNN shares some examples: A bottle of eye drops that cost $9.99 in Queens was $15.49 at a 57th Street location in Manhattan; the price of Folgers coffee varied as much as $3 at Dallas-Fort Worth locations. A Walgreens rep attributed the variance to the cost of real estate, hours of operation, labor costs, and the size of the customer base served by each location. (The Tribune notes that such price adjustments aren't illegal.) Change to Win and the National Consumers League—which released the report yesterday—advise customers to avoid flagship stores. CNN notes that the 25 items cost almost 20% more at a NYC flagship location as compared to other nearby Walgreens.

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HMD-SMD-ITY
Sep 15, 2013 10:48 PM CDT
Sign on the Walgreens at 3025 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV reads, "We do not honor any advertisements, sales circulars, rebates, or coupons." The prices are off the hook. I always venture to the Walmart near the airport before I head to the hotel or condo. As for CVS, none of the Las Vegas locations have the $1 area like you see in the rest of the USA except NYC and Florida. I like to avoid vending machines while traveling. 7-11 in Vegas just north of the MGM is nice as it is priced near or lower than your local 7-11. For example, every casino, hotel, and resort sells Crispy Kreme donuts for $1.89 each. But 7-11's own bakery donuts, which are fine, are $.89. 7-11 also has sugar free icees. That's off the hook. So I'll stop by about three times on a hot day and refill the 44 oz container. The off strip 7-11's all have slot machines. Their video poker is one of the loosest slots in Vegas. You do have to play the .25 cent level though. I can honestly say, it has better payouts than any major resort casino on the strip.
GumboLover
Sep 10, 2013 5:33 PM CDT
In college I worked for a regional grocery chain in Texas and they had 13 different pricing schemes. To put it in simple terms: a store in a urban neighborhood that sold staple items that is more likely used by the poor - flour, rice, dried beans etc - were all priced higher than the same items than the exact same items in the store in the affluent neighborhood. Conversely, convenience items such as high end frozen foods and such were cheaper in the urban stores than in the affluent stores. To this day this pricing difference still exists and I use it to my advantage.
HANKHILL
Sep 9, 2013 1:35 PM CDT
greed!