No taxation of feminine products; now drug store chain increases prices on same

Progress was made when the B.C. provincial government recognized that feminine products are a necessity

To the editor;

Progress was made when the B.C. provincial government recognized that feminine products are a necessity and a very costly burden for women, and legislated that they are to be non-taxable starting July 2015.

Greed became evident when it was brought to my attention that a drug store chain throughout Kamloops (and B.C.) are raising the prices on all feminine products effective July 1.

Has this chain reasoned they will take advantage and scoop in extra revenue that the government has forfeited since women are forced and used to paying whatever the price.

The timing of the corporate policy is strategic and alarming.

I cannot do anything about it except to warn women to be aware of sudden price increases, and shop and move your business to the businesses that best represent your interests.

Now that prescriptions are online, moving to another drug store is easy.

I am the mother of two daughters and seeing as how the chain is next to other feminine product and drug providers, we are moving our business elsewhere which we estimate is worth more than $14,000 per year for purchases of prescription drugs plus over-the counter drugs, vitamins, make-up, some food items, hair products, gift cards and gifts, seasonal items, magazines etc (they do not sell clothing). Buyer be aware.

Victoria Weller

Kamloops, B.C.