Part of me relished my doctor’s prescription because if any prescription transfer coupons came up, I would be eligible. These offers – typically a $10 to $30 gift card to transfer a prescription to a new pharmacy – come and go through the year as mainstream pharmacies try to recruit new customers.
In the past when I’ve written about taking advantage of certain coupons, like opening a new bank account to get $100, readers have charged that fulfilling the deal was unethical. Here is why I think it is fair to use prescription transfer coupons (like I did last month to earn $25 at Walgreens).
- It is the business’ decision to offer the coupon
- I am fully eligible for earning the gift cards according to the terms the business sets
- For every person like me who is going to transfer a prescription for the gift card, there are many, many more who will sit tight
- The pharmacy is most likely making money off filling my prescription, even after the gift card, because of reimbursements from my health care provider
- The gift cards push me to test more than one pharmacy and eventually I will choose one