I am out of my mind right about now...In case you regrettably signed up to be notified about "deals" from CVS Pharmacy, this little anecdote is something you should consider the next time you think you're going to find a "bargain" at CVS.
CVS floods your inbox continuously with coupons for online and/or in-store "bargains", but the problem begins with the fine print. First, if you happen to have the patience to attempt reading the font 1 point fine print text and following any other links embedded therein for more fine print, better get out your log book to record the extensive itemization of exclusions. You'll need this once you're ready to go online or to the store.
Then, once you're in the store (or online), there is a conspicuous sense of confusion that surrounds the deciphering of what's on sale vs what's not, what's eligible vs what's not, because apparently, CVS likes to play games here, such as "hiding" exclusions by having extracare "specials" assigned to an item that the customer will not discover until the item is scanned at check-out.
I had a 25% OFF Entire Order coupon that I attempted to use today. I needed to buy some fairly expensive items, and thought I would take advantage of the opportunity. I perused the store, randomly filling my basket with the things I needed, and when I got to the register and all was tallied, I ended up saving $5 on $100 of products. The most expensive item - the Gillette Fusion razor cartridges priced very economically at $31 for 8 cartridges (I'm being facetious, in case you didn't realize) was one such item that had a "hidden" special attached, thereby rendering it ineligible for the discount - a $10 "extracare" bucks "reward", that of course is valid only for a short time after you just spent $100 stocking up on things you need to last a number of months. Useless.
This entire game is simply a scam to get the unsuspecting consumer into the store, or online, to then steal as much money as possible from them. It is easier to delete the transaction if you're online and they *** you off, but when you're in the store, dealing with an incompetent cashier and management, with a line forming behind you that begins to extend down an aisle, it's not so simple.
It's all about corporate greed...and not just the run-of-the-mill corporate greed, but the ever prevalent obscene version of corporate greed that is consuming every aspect of an average person's life who is simply trying to stay above water and keep the household supplied with necessary provisions - you know - soap, shampoo, shaving supplies, oral care, etc...things one requires to maintain some semblance of a "normal", healthy, socially acceptable human existence. Well, my friends, CVS and the rest of them will not be happy until they have bled every last penny from every possible consumer on planet earth.
You choose - continue to roam around in a frontal-lobotomized catatonic state, voluntarily handing over your increasingly hard-earned cash to corporate criminals intent on robbing you every minute of every day at will, or FIGHT BACK. It's very easy to fight - just simply STOP patronizing their "establishment". But NOTHING will change if me and a few others stop - it takes numbers, and it's about friggin' time the masses woke up and did something about where this miserable planet is headed under the control of its corporate gods.
F-YOU CVS - YOU WILL NEVER SEE ANOTHER PENNY FROM ME IN THIS, OR ANY OTHER LIFETIME.
Thank you very little.
Product or Service Mentioned: Cvs Pharmacy Coupon.
Monetary Loss: $20.