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  1. Sara
    Sara June 15, 2009 at 7:03 am | | Reply

    I actually bought the $9 A1c kit this weekend when I was at Wal-Mart picking up cat food. I am trying to decide if I should try it now, or wait until I am closer to my lab draw.
    Even if it isn’t entirely accurate, I figured it would be a good blog post to try it! :)

  2. ChrisK
    ChrisK June 15, 2009 at 8:29 am | | Reply

    great post. I actually bought a Wal-Mart glucose meter a few months ago when my insurance was not letting me refill my test strips. It has come in handy a few times since then to cover those couple days when I run out of strips but it’s too early to refill. It’s much easier on the wallet to buy 20 strips for $10 than 50 strips for $60.

  3. Manny Hernandez
    Manny Hernandez June 15, 2009 at 10:27 am | | Reply

    Amy,
    Here is another list of Diabetes Patient Assistance Resources your readers may want to look into:
    http://tudiabetes.com/notes/Diabetes_Patient_Assistance_Resources

  4. Lauren K
    Lauren K June 15, 2009 at 5:24 pm | | Reply

    Have you ever seen “Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price?” I pay a bloody fortune for my diabetes supplies but I would not support Walmart for any reason.

  5. elmas
    elmas June 16, 2009 at 6:20 am | | Reply

    It is quite true that Wal-Mart has been successful in outcompeting other stores which sell the same products, such as toys, clothing, and groceries. But how has it been able to do this? By discovering new ways of using computer systems and other technology to better manage its inventory and costs and reap the benefits of economy of scale.

    Wal-Mart is especially popular among low-income shoppers who cannot afford the prices of the more upscale stores. It has put other stores out of business, but that is the way capitalism works. The automobile replaced the horse and buggy. Sound motion picture replaced the silents. No one has a “right” to business success or a “right” to be protected from competitors through government intervention. One only has a right to try to compete through voluntary trade. In a free economy, companies that offer the best value for the dollar win and the losers invest their money elsewhere.

    It is also true that Wal-Mart pays lower wages than many unionized stores. But it must offer a market wage or risk its employees going elsewhere, and it deals with employees on a voluntary basis. Those who do not like its terms are free to do business elsewhere. This makes the company especially hated by “organized labor,” such as the grocery unions. By coercively restricting the supply of labor, these unions, backed by government laws and regulations, have been able to extort wages and benefits far above those which would exist in a truly free labor market. In a free market, how many people doing relatively unskilled work would get $17-19 per hour plus full medical benefits? Unions, of course, have the right to organize and picket but not to benefit from government regulations which give them special favors. No one has the right to dictate what a company offers to pay others.

    There is only one morally proper way to keep Wal-Mart out of any community: don’t patronize its stores. If Wal-Mart cannot make money in a given location, it will either not move there or will close the store. So far, however, it makes money everywhere it opens a store for one simple reason: customers want to shop there. The low prices Wal-Mart offers make people wealthier. They can buy a wide range of quality goods that they could not otherwise afford and they can use the money they save for other purposes (like cheap diabetes supplies).

    Local government should not be allowed to abuse their power by keeping out stores that consumers want to shop in. Nor, of course, should Wal-Mart be allowed to use eminent domain laws, as it is trying to do in several states, to force property owners to sell their land. But given that it refrains from using eminent domain, we should welcome every store that Wal-Mart builds. We should thank this great company for being so good at giving customers what they want that they make huge profits, which enables them to build more stores, hire more employees, give more profit opportunities to suppliers and make even more customers happy.

    Wal-Mart should not be feared but should be admired as an American ideal–a classic rags to riches story. It is the quintessential example of an innovator left free to function. Only in a country where individual rights–at least what’s left of them–including the right to earn a profit, are recognized, could a company like Wal-Mart arise and prosper. Trying to stop Wal-Mart is not only morally wrong, it is un-American.

  6. Doug
    Doug June 16, 2009 at 1:13 pm | | Reply

    Wal-mart used to advertise that it sold American goods made by American companies, but now it’s darn near impossible to find anything other than “Made in China”. Not to say that all Chinese goods are cheap, or tainted, or made in conditions that would make us cringe, but it bothers me that the trade deficit just keeps getting bigger and we are in a real economic mess. Think about the foreign junkets that arrive to buy real estate because of the shape that we are in.

    On a personal note, with my finances not being anything to crow about, I’ve considered shopping at Wal-mart. However, I can’t bring myself to do it (yet). Hopefully things will improve.

  7. rich
    rich June 22, 2009 at 6:39 pm | | Reply

    This welldepot site has cheap diabetic test strips. about $24. for Wavesense test strips. I think 50 in a box which is a good price.

  8. rich
    rich June 22, 2009 at 6:40 pm | | Reply

    OOOPs i forgot the site is welldepot.com

  9. Jerri
    Jerri July 2, 2009 at 6:26 am | | Reply

    I just got the new ReliOn Micro meter at Walmart and I love it. Strips are only 21.99 for a box of 50. It is auto coded and has a small sample size of .3ul. Unlike the older ReliOn meter the wicking action is great and I don’t have to waste strips trying multiple times to get my blood. I also like that it has pre and post meal flags.

  10. Saman
    Saman September 16, 2009 at 6:36 pm | | Reply

    To save money I strated buying Metformin from WallMart. It’s cheap, Yes. But since I started taking it, I have a foul taste in my mouth, and the tablets smell “funny” like old/stale urine, and my own urine smells. I have been using metformin for several years but bought at regular pharmacies, and never experienced anything like this. Looks like WallMart is selling something that they should not sell.

  11. chris
    chris November 12, 2009 at 10:55 pm | | Reply

    You can even get diabetic medications at affordable price from International Drug Mart. Like walmart they also supply at very affordable price and have decade old experience in pharma industry.

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  13. Joyce Gilpin
    Joyce Gilpin August 5, 2013 at 8:15 am | | Reply

    I get Glucophage at Walmart & mine do not taste funny. I have been getting them since 2000.
    I have an Ultra One Touch Monitor and my mail in company has gone bankrupt. (Liberty). I am looking for a pharmacy or a mail in reliable place to get my supplies. THE KIND I USE NOW. One Touch is so easy for my crippled up hands. I live in Dowagiac, Michigan. Walgreens, CVS, Walmart are all at least 20 miles from home. That is why I try to use a mail company.

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