I don’t know if this is happening at other CVS’s around the country, but at the one in my neighborhood, they’ve gotten rid of most of the cashiers and instead try to make all their customers do self-checkout. But the machines only scan items correctly sporadically, so you always have to buzz for help. Then wait for whatever non-cashier CVS employee is working on the floor to come over and help scan your item, which needs to be entered manually. Usually they just end up ringing up my stuff for me after I failed to self-checkout. It’s the biggest timesuck ever. When, oh when, will a Duane Reade or Rite-Aid or Walgreens open in my neighborhood?! Puh-leeze guys. All of this is a long-winded way of saying that CVS is consistently terrible and whoever let these 50 ducks loose inside one of their stores in Saratoga Springs, New York, is a rockstar.
Don’t feel bad for the confused ducks! They got Smart Food popcorn to snack on. [The Consumerist]
CVS has expanded its ExtraCare program to include beauty rewards, giving you a reason to shop there. (I say “a reason” because no matter where the CVS is or the time of day, I’ve always had to wait in an epic line to checkout.) Participants will get a 10 percent coupon for registering, a $5 ExtraBucks for every $50 spent, and a $3 ExtraBucks for their birthday. But coupons aren’t the only incentives for signing up for the beauty rewards program. You’ll also receive beauty tips, discounts for online shipping, invitations to exclusive in-store beauty events, access to products before they launch, and personalized beauty offers. The benefits are similar to the ones Sephora’s Beauty Insider program offers, but the prices of the products are cheaper. You can sign up here. [Fashionista] Keep reading »
Trying out a new look for spring is now more economical because CVS/Pharmacy has instituted “Spring Beauty Days,” a 20 percent off hair, makeup, fragrance, and skincare products sale that lasts through May. Burberry Brit for Women Eau De Toilette, one of my favorite scents, is on sale for $38.39; it’s usually $47.99. The new L’Oreal True Match Roller Makeup is $3 cheaper than its normal $14.99 price. And Covergirl Contouring Blush costs less than $5 now. But these aren’t the only deals to be had at CVS — find your favorites here, but don’t forget to sign up for an ExtraCare card for even more discounts. Now you don’t have to feel guilty for spending a little extra on your appearance. [Essence] Keep reading »
Is it possible to c**k block safe sex? Yes, say public health advocates who are going after CVS for sometimes locking its condoms behind glass cases!
Advocates For Youth and CureCVS are rallying people based on the findings of a Change To Win study, which investigated CVS branches in five major metropolitan areas. They found condom lockage is three times more likely to occur in areas where minorities live—which obviously is discriminatory and needs to stop immediately. Keep reading »