One of my favorite Web sites is Diapers.com, who claim to have “the best deal on diapers and much more” and I’ve done the math and on the items we use on a daily basis, they do! Every order over $49.00 is free of shipping costs and there is no sales tax, plus they accept other manufacturer’s coupons. It’s super convenient, super quick and they carry everything! I got my Skip Hop diaper bag from there and several classic children’s books and even pjs. I placed my umpteenth order this morning for staples: formula, wipes, laundry detergent and yes, diapers. It will arrive on my door step tomorrow morning. How great is that?
Somewhat related….not really, but go with it….
I just read an article that stated that baby formula was now being kept under lock and key in some drug and grocery stores and it made me so sad, but at $10.99 – $50.00 per can, I get it. Breast milk is free, but if your baby didn’t take to your breast or was dehydrated and needed a supplement when they were born, like Lucas, you have no choice but to go the formula route. I suppose a parent will do whatever it takes to feed their baby, even if it means shoplift.
The Food Marketing Institute maintains a list of the 50 most shoplifted items and while the number one most shoplifted item is a 50 count packet of Advil, Similac makes the list three times. A case of Similac with iron formula ranks #7 on the top 50 most shoplifted items while a single can of Similac with iron ranks number #8. Similac concentrate with iron ranks #21 on the list.
Why are people stealing infant formula? Is the formula being used for infants? Are parents going to extremes to feed their babies? According to the article, the answer is yes and no. Believe it or not, there is a black market out there for baby formula. The item can be stolen and sold to a mom in need for half the retail price. This does happen but it is not the most common use.
Infant formula is often used in the drug world. Drug dealers use powdered baby formula to cut the strength of cocaine and heroin, “the popular powdered baby formula is primarily used to dilute heroin and methamphetamine or to stretch the product when supplies run low. The consistency and the way it looks is what makes it a good cutting agent” Infant formula is non-toxic and relatively safe to cut with any number of drugs. The article also said that street gangs were using baby formula containers to conceal illegal drugs. Great!
I’m going to stick to Diapers.com for my formula needs.
The best is yet to be.