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The Water Cooler – CVS, Walgreens Or Rite-Aid – Which One Do You Prefer?


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QUESTION: Which one do you prefer? CVS, Walgreens or Rite-Aid?


Talk about it….


Dawg January 6, 2023 - 12:09 PM - 12:09 PM

None of them.

S January 6, 2023 - 12:20 PM - 12:20 PM


Ancient Mariner January 6, 2023 - 12:31 PM - 12:31 PM

Walgreen’s is the least bad.
Oh, for the good old days of Long’s!

Cellophane January 6, 2023 - 12:36 PM - 12:36 PM

That depends more on location.

In places where people are friendlier, (other states) all three are about the same.

In Claycord. I make most of my purchases online.

Hanne Jeppesen January 6, 2023 - 12:51 PM - 12:51 PM

CVS, there are more of them around, and they let you combine coupons. I use to go to Walgreens perhaps once a month, but haven’t been there for a long time. Usually CVS have everything I need. I buy most of my make up and skincare items at CVS, sometimes I go to Ulta for makeup, and I go to Sally’s Beuty Supply for most of my hair products. I use to buy Lancome, Clinique etc. but it got so expensive, and frankly I can’t tell the difference between Revlon, Maybeline (they have the best mascara) others from the more expensive ones. I do buy one Lancome lipstick because I can’t get that color in any other brand. Fortunately I get an employee discout.

Dawg January 6, 2023 - 2:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Hanne, you just reminded why I’m so glad that I’m not a woman. It’s too expensive!

Hanne Jeppesen January 6, 2023 - 6:07 PM - 6:07 PM

Perhaps, but also more fun. Besides l never had to pay for dinner, movies etc. When l was dating. Although when l got divorced in the mid eighties things were more equal, and l would often buy my date a drink or pay for movies. However, by then l had more discretionary income, than in my twenties.

Roz January 6, 2023 - 7:11 PM - 7:11 PM

Thanks for sharing the beauty product tips.
About 2 months ago I got a tip on less pricy items for skin care.
Using Neutrogena Retinol Pro+ & the Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid.
My Hubby has mentioned my skin glows now …. 🙂

Hanne Jeppesen January 7, 2023 - 11:06 AM - 11:06 AM

There are several less pricy items that are excellent, Oil of Olay, Loreal and the one you mentioned have really good moisterizer, and eyecreams. I buy according to what’s on sale. I believe Oil of Olay and Loreal are owned by the same company as Estee Lauder and Clinique.

Badge1104 January 6, 2023 - 12:53 PM - 12:53 PM

I have to say none of them too!
I also miss Longs.

Concordjete January 6, 2023 - 12:53 PM - 12:53 PM

I use CVS for pharmacy at BART Terminal at the 2677 Clayton Road. I been going there for 18 years. Longs was the former store before CVS took over. I like to shop at the CVS they got really good deals with Extra care card.

Cowellian January 6, 2023 - 1:13 PM - 1:13 PM

My wife used to work for Rite Aid until they fired her for getting pregnant. Now, that would be worth a lawsuit, but back then, she was lucky to get unemployment.
The VA mails me my prescriptions, and that works very well for me. For the rest of the family, I have to agree with Ancient Mariner about Walgreen’s being the least bad.

The Observer January 6, 2023 - 1:36 PM - 1:36 PM

As long as 20 years ago, I got a prescription from Rite-Aid in Martinez and discovered that I’d been shorted on the number of pills in the bottle. When I went back to complain, the pharmacist didn’t argue a bit and gave me the missing pills. Since I didn’t trust the pharmacist after that incident, I changed to Walgreens. A few years later, I decided to check around to see if I could save money on a prescription not covered by insurance. Sure enough, Walmart had the lowest price. My wife and I have been going there ever since. The staff is always helpful and friendly, and never a problem with any prescription. The only issue came when the CDC authorized the bivalent Covid vaccine last September. Walmart didn’t have either the Pfizer or the Moderna version and couldn’t say when they might get it. Walgreens required a three week wait for an appointment. The Rite-Aid near me had the Moderna vaccine I wanted and was giving it on a walk-in basis.

I still plan to stay with WalMart, but I think Rite-Aid would be my second choice now.

Bill January 6, 2023 - 1:36 PM - 1:36 PM

CVS is great. You get a 5′ or 10′ long receipt.

I to miss the old Long’s Drug Store.

Rebel January 6, 2023 - 2:07 PM - 2:07 PM

Walgreens has better pharmacies with a much shorter wait time. CVS has better customer service and selection.

Anon January 6, 2023 - 2:48 PM - 2:48 PM

Longs 😂😂

domo January 6, 2023 - 3:10 PM - 3:10 PM

Longs of course but …. it used to be Walgreen’s but due to extremely poor customer service by the pharmacy at the one in Encina (excepting Brad) … it’s now CVS. Generally speaking Walgreen’s service attitudes have been degrading for several years.. not even including fewer available products (even pre-pandemic). CVS pharmacy on Bancroft has been very good lately imho.

Led January 6, 2023 - 3:23 PM - 3:23 PM

They are all pretty miserable.

But when hoarders take all the toilet paper, I can use a few CVS receipts to get through the next month or two. So CVS it is!

Ricardoh January 6, 2023 - 5:24 PM - 5:24 PM

When I walk into a drug store I couldn’t tell you which one I am in. They all look the same to me.

The Fearless Spectator January 6, 2023 - 6:03 PM - 6:03 PM

Walgreens seems to cater to shoplifters. I alerted them to one I observed raiding the cold and flu section literally filling a shopping bag. I took his photo and his accomplice’s photos, and alerted the cashier. He seemed confused and called his manager. She seemed confused, stared at me vacuously, and eventually was able to communicate they would not be calling the police.
Ironically as I drove out I observed the shoplifter run across Ygnacio Valley road and into the new Safeway (The one with all the ditches in the parking lot), likely to steal some more.
CVS seems do a better job of confining crime to the parking lot.

Doh January 6, 2023 - 11:24 PM - 11:24 PM

Rite-Aid is the cheapest but some items (nail clippers, pill holders, etc.) are very poorly made. They had decent service. But they closed the one nearest me. When CVS first opened I browsed it. All of the prices went up to pay for the take over. A few months later they hung a sign saying new, lower prices. They weren’t. I’ll stick with Rite-Aid. I miss Long’s.

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