Monday, September 27, 2010

Got Two Tens for a Five?

We sent the office boy down to the pharmacy this afternoon to pick up some antibiotics, of which we needed 28. The pharmacist [Note: probably not actually a "pharmacist"] looked it up in the computer.

"Yes, we have it. Fourteen tablets for 430 pesos, or 28 tablets for 960 pesos."

"So, the box with 28 costs more than double what the box of 14 costs?"


"I'll take two boxes of 14, please."

"Yes, Sir."

"And, look, I don't have a lot of space in my pockets, so can you take all the tablets and put them in one box for me?"

"Of course, Sir." [Consolidates boxes.] "Twenty-eight tablets in one box...that comes to 860 pesos."

And that, dear reader, is how we manage to bring this blog in under budget year after year. Our pledge to you: every one of those 100 pesos we saved will go right back into making this the best English-language blog in all of Central Querétaro.


Anonymous said...



victor said... perfect! We spent, I swear,two and a half hours trying to open a new bank account in Oaxaca today. We have to go back tomorrow for reasons beyond comprehension.

Anonymous said...

I can only agree with you - best English langauge blog in all of Central Queretaro. Maybe all of Queretaro.

(I confess, I haven't come across any of your competition yet though!)

Anonymous said...

Amazing! from now on I'll ask for the price when they offer me the options.

Jorge Arturo said...

I'm big fan of your blog

Burro Hall said...

Awww...thanks for a compliments, people. Too bad they come too late.

The Mex Files said...

Hey, you got a discount for the 28 dose box, so what's the problem? Outside Mexico, you'd be charged full price -- or -- the pharmacy wouldn't fill the order for 14 without another doctor's visit (and another doctor's fee).

The price controls on medication here are one of the reasons health care costs stay low in Mexico -- the profit for the pharmacy is about the same whether it's a 14 or 28 pack of the same medication, which is why Farmacias Similaries is such a financial success. It sells its common generics in bulk, but non generic common medications in small packets.