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8 Products You Should Never Buy At A Drugstore

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For plenty of people, heading over to the drugstore is one of the quickest avenues to get your shopping done.

Despite the name of of the outlet, drugstores sell more than just drugs, and offer a wide variety of goods ranging in almost everything from under the sun.

But even though you can grab everything on your shopping list in a single trip, it might not be wise to.

There are certain things you should purchase elsewhere, not only to give you more bang for your buck, but just to receive a product of even better quality.

Here are eight items you should never buy at a drugstore.

1. Hair Care Products

If you see your favorite brand of shampoo or conditioner that you typically pick up at your hair salon at the drugstore, don't buy it there!

Along with being overpriced, a report conducted by Consumer Affairs states that some hair products from brands like Matrix and Paul Mitchell may actually be contaminated with bacteria.

When it comes to buying hair supplies like brushes and hair ties, it's much cheaper to head over to the dollar store instead, and save yourself a couple of bucks.

2. Gift Cards

Although gift cards are a quick and easy present to pick up while in a pinch, you should never pay full price for them.

While there are some big box stores that sell them at a discount, you can also search for unused or partially used gift cards online on sites like Card Swap or Gift Card Granny.

3. High Definition TVs

If you're interested in updating you television to the latest model, avoid purchasing it at a drugstore. These shops usually sell lower quality versions of the kind electronic you're interested in. If you think a deal is too good to be true, take a look at a TV's model number and compare its price and stats to one at another shop.

Instead, look to buy your next TV at a big box store or retailer that specializes in electronics.

4. Diapers

Everyone with a child (or two) knows that diapers can be expensive. So instead of spending more on individual packages every time you go to the drugstore, buy them in bulk. Whether you pick them up online at retailers like Amazon, or wholesalers like Costco and Sam's Club.

5. Toilet Paper

Similar to diapers, toilet paper is also cheaper to buy in bulk, and if you chose to purchase some that are of a generic brand.

"Though some people may think it's cheaper to buy a store brand toilet paper, most drug store-branded toilet paper was actually more expensive than other brands available in bulk sizes in our recent test," explained Senior Textiles Analyst Lexie Sachs at the Good Housekeeping Institute.

6. Medications

While it seems obvious you'd pick up your prescription drugs at a drugstore, Consumer Reports states that it's more economical to get them elsewhere.

"Big-box stores such as Costco and Walmart use the pharmacy as a traffic builder for their stores, whereas traditional chain stores, such as CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens, make the majority of their revenue and profits from the pharmacy," Stephen W. Schondelmeyer, PhD, PharmD, said.

7. Cosmetics

While purchasing high-end makeup will definitely burn a hole in your pocket, buying more affordable brands at the drugstore isn't always a money-saver either.

A recent study conducted by Clark.com found that a tube of mascara is on average $2 cheaper when purchased at a wholesaler compared to a drugstore.

8. Greeting Cards

Whether it's Christmas, a wedding, or a loved one's birthday, picking up a card for the special event is like clockwork for most people.

But if you're picking yours up at a drugstore, you're actually spending more than you need to, especially if they eventually all end up in the trash. While cards from the drugstore can cost you up to a whopping $5, head to the dollar store, where there are often 2-for-$1 deals.

[H/T: Reader's Digest, Slice, Good Housekeeping]

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