Early in the day, I stopped by a Walmart to pick up a flash memory card for a camera. I went to the photo department, where two workers were huddled, chit-chatting. Mind you, it wasn't busy at this Walmart at 12:30pm. Since their memory cards are locked in the aisle, I asked the two workers if I could get some help unlocking the card. One worker looked at me, and started walking. I thought he was going to help me, but he just walked away! The other worker, said nothing, and we stared at each other. Incredibly, she made a phone call while I waited there! After I waited for her conversation to be over, she took her keys, looked annoyed, and got me the flash memory card. I completed my transaction there and left the store.
Later in the day, about 6:00pm, I stopped by a Walgreens to get passport photos for my two children. The service was prompt, the worker was skilled, and even edited the photo to account for light variations and head-to-photo passport photo size requirements. The worker even took the time to determine which one of the two photos she took looked best, knowing that my teenaged daughter would be concerned about how her picture turned out. I received perfect passport photos, and look formward to a wonderful vacation.
The two experiences could not have been more different. The kicker was that Walgreens also sells flash memory cards, and the price was lower! I could have saved myself a trip had I known, but instictively, I shlepped to Walmart, thinking I would save a few bucks. Boy, was I wrong! Next time I will use Walgreens exclusively.
Yeah Brand SD card versus generic. I tried comparing brand to brand or generic to generic. WAG just cant compete with cost minded consumers. Target is making head way into this as well. My question has always been will consumers sacrifice the convenience for price, WMT and TGT have shown that they will. WMT and TGT are adding grocery, I can get a gallon of milk for 1.99, 2.09 everyday price at TGT. If my copay is the same anywhere, why not just get it from TGT? Unless you have an affliction or passion to be at WAG for your RXs...as far as generic quality, WMT gets generics from India as does Walgreens. I bet WMT does a better job in sourcing as they do with everything else. WAG is just a wounded animal, they lost the war with CVS, as someone said, they brought a knife to a gun fight. They lose market share in the RX side, front store may help them, but its not their bread and butter.
I think the SanDisk brand 2GB card at Walgreens was 11.99 as well, but the point is that Walgreens has products that compete with the "low price leader".
As for your experience with the pharmacy, I would suggest to you that your health should not be shopped around and awarded to the provider of lowest price. The experience and skill of WAG pharmacists is worth every penny extra that you pay over mail order or anywhere else. That is, if you have to pay extra at all. I have their PSC card and I get the drugs I need as cheaply as Walmart can provide.