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That Asda story in full [Oct. 22nd, 2009|09:24 pm]
Douglas Spencer
Yesterday lunchtime some of you will have seen me tweeting "Asda are too stupid to have me as a customer.".

Now I've got a bit more time, so I've just gone to the Contact Asda page, and wrote (amongst other stuff) the following:
    I wanted to buy two twelve-packs of 200mg ibuprofen and a ten-pack of Beechams hot lemon, and was refused at the checkout with the till giving the message "limit:2". It's correct that there's a limit (by law) of two packets of ibuprofen, but there aren't any ingredients in common between the ibuprofen and the Beechams, and no reason in law why the two shouldn't be sold in combination. Apparently, to be an Asda customer, I have to choose between painful knees and painful sinuses, and can't solve both problems at once. This took place at Atlantic Village, Bideford -- but your staff there told me that it was a group-wide policy brought in to satisfy the relevant law. In fact your policy has misread the law concerned. I wonder if I should simply shop with some other retailer?

I left them with a basket full of other goods at the checkout, because one of the symptoms of being unwell is lack of patience. Were I in better condition, I'd have gone through the appropriate channels at the customer service desk in-store, but of course in such circumstances I wouldn't be seeking to buy two different medicines at once.
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[User Picture]From: cobrabay
2009-10-22 10:55 pm (UTC)
This is why I buy bottles of 100 when I visit the USA. Usually much cheaper too.
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[User Picture]From: ramtops
2009-10-23 06:20 am (UTC)
I get a friend to buy me 500 packs of ibuprofen and/or paracetemol on her regular trips to the US. They cost a fraction of what they do here, and those 500 last us literally years!
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[User Picture]From: del_c
2009-10-23 09:01 am (UTC)
I've never found them to be much cheaper either in Canada or in the USA, only a little cheaper, but it is a lot more convenient.

Unfortunately I went to Montreal this summer expecting to be able to get 500/1000 pills cheaper everywhere, and wound up finding nothing like that; the best I could get (when I was getting desperate for painkillers, having flown with none in my assumptions) was 100 at a little more than home prices.
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