Changes Due to the Economy

@worldwise1 (14887)
United States
June 15, 2009 9:46pm CST
I guess that I was being naive when I thought awhile back that the state of the economy would have very little effect upon me because I am beginning to find out differently. I have used a local pharmacy for about 13 years now that delivers my prescription refills. Recently they have changed their policy to only delivering prescriptions without charge once a month. Now they are asking for $10.00 if they have to bring out any additional meds. I understand fully that things are tight money wise but they get a lot of business from me. I have considered switching to a pharmacy that is closer to me since I have to have someone pick up any meds that I need later in the month. My problem is that I would feel disloyal if I do this. What do you think? Would you stay with this pharmacy or move to one that is nearer?
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16 responses
• Philippines
16 Jun 09
Good day... It's really up to you and the way things are going now I think practicality outweighs loyalty. I mean you have to survive and you can only do so by buying cheaper meds. I think your pharmacy will understand your situation since they are the one who changed their policy that add additional 10 dollars to your bill.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
11 Jul 09
I don't think that my pharmacy gave it as much thought as they should have, blackmantra, because they will probably lose more loyal customers than myself.
@gemini_rose (16193)
16 Jun 09
It is ridiculous, people have less money to spend these days yet everyone seems to want more! I would not even hesitate I would swop to another one that was not going to charge me. I think I am learning that it is a dog eat dog world and there is not much loyalty in it! They are not bothered much how the cost is going to affect you so you are hardly being disloyal!
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
11 Jul 09
That is so true, gemini! I'm finding it to be so more and more. Everyone seems to be busy chasing the almighty dollar!
• United States
16 Jun 09
My mother also has alot of prescriptions. She currently goes to a pharmacy that is further away from her, because they, too, deliver. The day they stop delivering, we suggested that she would then have to go to another one that is closest to her and her family who will have to pick it up for her. It only makes sense to have things more convenient for her family if that day comes. But the idea that they would charge for more meds per month seems a bit unfair unless they are having to go to your house every other day. Then I could understand their point. If you are worried about being loyal...I don't think you should worry about that. Apparently they don't care how much business you give them, and they are still willing to charge you extra for deilverying to you....it appears that they aren't being loyal to you.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
11 Jul 09
I have to agree with you, Sweetchariot. After all, it isn't like I have not been with them for many years.
• United States
11 Jul 09
Thank you for the BR! Good luck with your pharmacist. Remember that it is all about the almighty Buck with most business, therefore you have to take care of yourself!
@faisai (1140)
• Hong Kong
17 Jun 09
I don't think there is the need to stick with this pharmacy if it simply doesn't serve you to the standard you want. When they opt to cut their service offering to its customers, then they surely are prepared to bare the consequences: losing their customers. So, I will say just switch it if you desire.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
11 Jul 09
That makes sense to me, faisai.
@Aurone (4758)
• United States
17 Jun 09
If this a change in policy then I wouldn't feel bad about changing pharmacies. They have a right to charge you for deliveries and you have a right to change pharmacies if you don't want to pay the fee. I use wal-mart simply because anywhere I travel in the US has one and if I need to get my meds then I can because they are all connected. Makes it convinent if I forget to get refills before I go to visit my folks in Arkansas (I like in California).
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
11 Jul 09
This is a family-owned and operated business, Aurone, and I know they have been around for a very long time. Maybe it is just a change in policy.
@cbjones (1157)
• United States
16 Jun 09
You have to do what's right for you financially. Loyalty has it's limits. Dogs are known for being loyal to those who take care of them. If that affection goes away, what's to stop the dog from leaving and finding a new home?
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
11 Jul 09
Yes, cbjones, it's certainly true that loyalty is a two-way street.
@tundeemma (896)
• South Africa
16 Jun 09
that is necessary, there has been several job losses in every sector of the american and world economies ,hence everyone need to adjust, even financially people are not as buoyant as they used to be and everyone is just trying to compliment whatever he or she is earning, its good to adjust
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
11 Jul 09
I suppose, tundeemma, that I will have to adjust also.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
16 Jun 09
What I would do is call the pharmacy and talk to the manager. Explain my situation and explain that if they want to do business with me, they can do a free delivery. Remind the person in charge there are other pharmacies that are closer to your house and you can make a change. If the pharmacy is willing to continue to do business with you, I would think they would swallow the delivery charge.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
11 Jul 09
It's worth a try, carolbee. I will talk to them tomorrow to see if we can work something out.
• United States
16 Jun 09
I say move to the closer pharmacy. The economy today has everyone making choices that they never thought they would have to make. The pharmacy owner is probably sorry to do something like this to their loyal customers, but simply cannot afford the cost. You also, have an obligation to your own budget as well. As much as you would like to be loyal to the pharmacy, if it is not economical to you to have someone go get your medicine later on in the month, then it is only common sense to go with the closer pharmacy. However, is there any way that you could get a month's worth of prescriptions all at once? That way you could stay with the pharmacy and not have to pay the extra delivery fee.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
11 Jul 09
I will try to find out if they can consolidate my prescriptions so that I will get them all in one delivery, drknlvly, but I don't know what would happen should I need something at a later time.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
16 Jun 09
I don't think you would be disloyal at all. You have to do whatever is best for yourself and I am sure they will understand your actions. I would change it also to save some money.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
11 Jul 09
Yes, stepcjh, and gas prices are going up again making it hard to pay someone to pick them up for me.
@ds6413 (2073)
• United States
16 Jun 09
Hello worldwise1 , if I had the same problem as you I would switch to a pharmacy that is nearer to where I live. You may have been a loyal customer but they are punishing their loyal customers with a charge for their services they once didn't charge.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
11 Jul 09
Absolutely, ds! I wonder if any of their other regular customers feel as I do?
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
16 Jun 09
I would get ahold of the head person at the pharmacy. I would tell them that I am thinking of leaving for this reason. They may make the exception to keep you, if not, I would not feel disloyal.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
11 Jul 09
Another good suggestion, Thoroughrob. I appreciate your input.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
16 Jun 09
Well the only thing I can think of if you want to remain loyal to your old pharmacy is to try and get all your prescriptions for the month all at the same time if possible, then of course you won't be charged extra..also one has to consider that your pharmacy has a listing/record history of your meds making things easier ...if you can't do that--that is get your prescriptions all at once, then yes by all means switch to the closer pharmacy
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
11 Jul 09
I usually do get them all at once, pyewacket, but occasionally Iwill have need of a prescription at some other time during the month. It's not like it happens frequently, so that is why I don't understand the extra charge.
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
16 Jun 09
They changed their policy, I don't see how they could expect you not to change yours. It's understandable on both ends. They can't afford the extra gas costs any more than you can.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
11 Jul 09
You are right, uath, but I will miss the friendly delivery man.
@doggyhouz (548)
• United States
16 Jun 09
The effects for me is horrible. I have noticed that most of my leisure time has been cut nearly half. I can't really afford much of the leisure activities I enjoy through the weeks because of the rise in prices and the fluctuating gas prices. I hope the economy starts to stabilize so that I can start driving my nice car around without having to worry about denting my wallet or having to fix stuff here and there for it. But the worse thing is that my 401K is hurting and I mean hurting to the point that I am just going to leave it and hope that when I get old it is finally worth something.
@underdogtoo (9599)
• Philippines
16 Jun 09
This is indeed a bummer and I suppose the pharmacy needs to make money in order to stay in business. It's bad all around.