Local Heart, Global Soul

March 1, 2016

Rip-Off Alert, No Sticking A Plaster Over This One…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Isn’t it annoying to find out that you have been paying far too much for one product when an almost exact copy of it sits nearby for literally a fraction of the price?

Yes, it’s just happened to me.

I feel like an idiot who was caught out for not paying enough attention, but as the saying goes, “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me“.
I will not be caught out a second time with this product at least. So, What am I ranting about?

First I need to fill you in on the background.

The pain medication for my foot injury is morphine based and the dose has been rising becuase the dystrophy got worse after last year’s surgery.

In order to try and keep the medication to the lowest levels possible I have been also using a Tens machine.

The point of the Tens machine is to put on the pads and then add a small electric current that causes a decent amount of pain and interrupts / distracts from the constant pain in my foot.

Some months after the 2015 surgery I found out that the supply of the Tens machine pads into which the battery cables “plug” in, was getting low and we needed to order some more. We ordered them from the supplier  and were horrified at the cost.. six sets of pads cost almost Euro 50,– !!! Although I have an outstanding medical insurance, the cost of these pads were not covered, I rang them to say that I use them a lot but they said that: “their long term research has proved that the effect of Tens for pain is too hit and miss for them to consider including it in the list of items covered“. They are right of course, some days the Tens helps quite a lot, others not at all but for me any gain is a bonus that may mean one less morphine pill so it’s worth the attempt at least.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The downside is that I now need each of these pads to last as long as possible.

One solution once they start to loose their stickiness on the back is to attach them with medical tape or plasters.

The tape is slightly more effective but irritates my sensitive skin really a lot so I’m using plasters as much as possible.

The most environmental and economical way to get the plaster is the cut-your-own lengths, and before Christmas I thought I’d hit the jackpot when I saw a box that contained a five meter roll of this plaster.

Then I saw the price: Euro 8,49.  Ouch, but I bought it and thought that it was better than the small multi packs of different shaped plasters, most of which I wasn’t using because they weren’t big enough.

Fast forward to this weekend, Oma is in hospital for a respiratory problem, Himself, Little Mr and I had been to visit her …Himself dropped me off at the Library to drop back my one book (concentration skills means it’s taking me three renewals to get one book read instead of a day or two that I used to be able to manage). Little Mr however had three books that were close to the due date so we combined stuff.

Just around the corner was a chemist shop (druggist) so we popped in for more plasters. I can’t bend down really low without extra pain in my foot so it was sheer chance that we saw another item on the bottom shelf: A value pack of almost the same plaster, but this time in one meter lengths. Cost? Euro 0,35 cents!

Um, what? Hang on, if I get five packets of these I will only be paying Euro 1,75 for fiver meters worth and not Euro 8,49 !!! Yes, I know the other one is boxed and pretty, but almost Euro 7,– for a bit of cardboard box packaging is a bit steep wouldn’t you say?

Needless to say I will not be making that expensive mistake again, I’ve tested it already and the plaster sticks the pads down just as good as the boxed one did. One thing is for certain, it’s  well worth your while to pay attention to what is lurking on the bottom shelf, not only in the supermarket (where I DO look) but also in other shops too.  I’m just annoyed with myself that I didn’t see these little packets earlier. Oh well, better late than never. It’s never too late to discover a bargain, right?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)


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