Yesterday, there was some conversation about how we used to get the CVS Alkaline AA/AAA Batteries 4pk for FREE after Extra Bucks and it’s something that if you was a regular CVS shopper that you’d look forward to those FREE batteries.
I already knew that we didn’t get any free batteries from CVS, last year. CVS and the drugstores, in general, put very little effort into Black Friday due to the Coronavirus.
I have been covering the drugstore Black Friday sales for 10 or 12 years and in mind, we have not a “pull out all the stops” since the CVS Black Friday 2011 sale. That particular Black Friday ad was the last time that we had TWENTY (20) Black Friday freebies, it’s been so long ago that I had forgotten that CVS used give us the Philips or Magnavox Universal Remotes, Philips Earbuds, Fiber One 90 Calorie Brownie, Finish Quantum, etc.
This is also about the time that Walgreens had it’s last Black Friday ad and they were in negotiations to buy Rite Aid.
We also didn’t understand that CVS was trying to pivot and rebrand itself and I’d say within their own inner circle they began talking about acquiring a healthcare entity.
The very last time that we have seen the FREE CVS Alkaline AA/AAA Batteries 4pk is in a Black Friday 2017 ad. In the search bar, on this blog, you can type in “CVS Black Friday” and see all of the CVS Black Friday deals. I also went to The Krazy Coupon Lady’s website and in the search bar, I entered “CVS Black Friday 2019” or you check whatever popular blogger you like.
What happens after CVS Black Friday 2011 is that each CVS Black Fridays ads, thereafter, has less and less free offers and I suspect that this will be the last year of the CVS Black Friday freebies because the free products are CVS brand products (except for the toothpaste) and it doesn’t make sense to give away pantiliners, baby wipes and the aspirins when they can just give you a good price on them.