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Cheaper Neutrogena Acne System Better Than Proactiv?

Proactiv vs. Neutrogena Complete Acne Therapy System

Faster than Proactiv, half the price

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

Is Proactiv Better than Cheaper Drugstore Acne Products?

Young women treating their acne

What exactly are you paying for?

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’ Reviews: As Seen on TV

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.

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Don’t Buy These 5 Things at Drugstores

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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.

Drugs

Consumer Reports found that both prescription and over-the-counter drugs are cheaper at stores like Wal-Mart and Target, reports MarketWatch.

Food

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.

Makeup

Many popular makeup products have been found to cost $1 to $4 more at drugstores than other retailers.

Cleaning products

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.

SciMark Report: A DRTV Weekly Roundup

Every week, product prognosticator Jordan Pine of SciMark Corp. posts his predictions for how new products will do in the marketplace.

So how does this seasoned Caesar of direct-response TV products see the latest batch of As Seen on TV contenders?

In his latest Weekly Roundup, Pine gives a thumbs up or thumbs down to five products that you may or may not see on store shelves in the coming months, depending on how they test. Continue reading

Proactiv® Increases Price, But Offers Free Shipping and Gift

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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.