If you like everything about Proactiv except the price and recurring billing, head to Amazon for a two-month supply of Neutrogena’s Complete Acne Therapy System for just $19.99, about half the price of Proactiv. Neutrogena claims its product actually works faster than Proactiv, clearing up breakouts in just two days. The reviewer in the video below records her results at two, three and four weeks, and is happy with the product. At half the price and with the addition of SPF 15, which Proactiv does not have, Neutrogena’s acne system poses a threat to the industry stalwart. Amazon Prime members get free shipping on Neutrogena’s Complete Acne Therapy System. Continue reading →
Proactiv has become the go-to acne treatment for today’s young adults. Guthy Renker, the company that markets Proactiv and Proactiv+, spends $200 million a year to run TV commercials convincing pimply youth that Proactiv is more effective than drugstore products like Clearasil or Stridex. Instead, they’re shelling out big bucks for Proactiv’s three-part “system” that sure seems to work for the acne-free celebs who shill for the product. Continue reading →
Reader’s Digest staff members recently did a hands-on test of 10 As Seen on TV products, and delivered their honest critiques. For “As Seen on TV: What Not to Buy,” writer Perri O. Blumberg enlisted colleagues at the magazine to help “separate the scams from the saviors” of 10 “products we all secretly want.”
The magazine recommends buying six of the 10 products, with the NutriBullet receiving a score of 4 out of 4 (“Order overnight!!”). The lowest-ranking products were Lint Lizard, with a zero out of 4 (“Need we say more?”), and the Twist n Clip, with a 0.5 out of 4 (“Practically a gag gift”).
Here are all 10 products Reader’s Digest reviewed, with their score, recommendation and retail price in quotes.
Big-box retailers and grocery stores have better deals
MarketWatch offers a handy guide for what not to buy at the corner Walgreens and other convenient ripoff shops. Chain drugstores’ ever-surging revenues—estimated to have reached $160 billion in 2013—are buoyed by huge markups on common items. Here are a few things you should be buying at big-box and grocery stores, whose prices are almost always lower.
Consumer Reports found that both prescription and over-the-counter drugs are cheaper at stores like Wal-Mart and Target, reports MarketWatch.
A pint of Ben & Jerry’s is priced at an average $5.52 at drugstores, but just $4.42 at grocery stores, a 25 percent difference. “Every item we looked at was more expensive at the drugstore,” MarketWatch quoted consumer lawyer Edgar Dworsky, who founded ConsumerWorld.org.
Many popular makeup products have been found to cost $1 to $4 more at drugstores than other retailers.
Drugstores generally charge more for laundry and dishwashing detergent, spray cleaners and other cleaning products than other retailers.
Office and gift supplies
Head to a dollar store to save up to 70 percent on gift-wrap, greeting cards and office stuff. Office supply stores also offer better deals than drugstores.
The revolutionary acne skin care system Proactiv® Solution recently saw a price increase from $19.95 to $24.95 for its nationally advertised 3-step system, as its popularity continues to soar. To offset the increase, Proactiv’s makers are offering free shipping and a free gift for a limited time.
Proactiv is faster and gentler than ever before, quickly banishing breakouts and clearing up faces, as reported by its millions of users, including celebs like Julianne Hough.
In addition to free shipping, customers who act now can choose a free gift with their order: Refining Mask, Blackhead Dissolving Gel or Dark Spot Corrector. Visit Proactiv.com for details.