- was up to five times more likely than a competitor to charge different prices for the same item
- had more than eight times the number of products with a 20% or greater price range than CVS. (Rite Aid had no products with that big of a gap.)
- had more than twice the number of products with a price range over $1 than both competitors.
A couple of weeks ago, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed a civil lawsuit against Walgreens after a two-month investigation revealed that eight Walgreens in the state charged more than the price listed on shelves for roughly 20% of the items purchased. Instances of overcharging, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, included clearance items that were rung up at full price and products advertised on sale that weren’t discounted at the register.AKSARBENT actually walked out of a Walgreens the other day, when, after looking for a can of Coke, we could only find a 20-oz. bottle for, like, $1.79. A block away, a local bodega was selling right-sized 12-oz. cans for 50 cents.
“This level of consumer deception is inexcusable from a corporation as sophisticated as Walgreens,” Koster said at a press conference. “In fact, it’s appalling.”
...According to the Post-Dispatch, the company has settled suits in other states after being accused of similar tactics.
Still, we find this disquieting, as we already refuse to patronize ethically-challenged CVS, the subject of various "controversies," such as the:
- Trio Drugs' records scandal
- Elensys scandal
- Boston prescriptions scandal
- pharmaceutical kickbacks scandal
- deceptive business practices scandal
- Rhode Island Senate corruption case scandal
- CVS Caremark business practices scandal
- FTC/HHS HIPAA scandal
- FTC Deceptive Pricing scandal
- DEA Oxycodone diversion scandal