Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Retail Paraben Free Sticker Shock

I buy most of my body products from Vitacost.com. They are the cheapest resource for name brand products I could find online. I was in Meijer yesterday and was very pleased to see they are now stocking many of the Paraben Free products that I use. My eyes lit up. Then I started reading the price tags. The retail shelf price was 2-3x more than what I paid on Vitacost! I would have expected such a markup at a health food store, not one that competes with Wal-Mart.

As an example, I use Dr. Bronner's Castille Soap. I buy a 32 oz. bottle for $8.34 on Vitacost. Meijer was selling the 16 oz for $9.99. I would have to spend $20 retail to buy the same thing I get online or a little over $8. Yes, I am omitting shipping in this figure. Vitacost has a flat shipping rate of $4.99 and I bulk buy when I place an order.

If you are planning on buying several products at once, you can save a bundle by buying online. No gas, no traffic, no long checkout lines.

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