Tesco's cheap Viagra, but Tony in the pub will still be cheaper

21 September 2010

Bitterwallet - blueIn their attempt to sell you everything aside from human souls (and if they could, you know they would), Tesco are to become the first supermarket to sell Viagra across the counter, without a prescription. From Monday, 300 stores across the country will be helping men with slack wangs to keep up the British end in the bedroom.

It's not quite as easy as grabbing a bag of pick'n'mix, however. Customers have to be men aged between 40 and 65 years old, they have to fill in a questionnaire, have their blood pressure and cholesterol measured, and be tested for diabetes. Christ, sex past 40 can't be worth this amount of admin, can it?

Then there's the price - Tesco will charge £52 for eight pills. With a prescription, the cost drops to around £48 at some pharmacists, while Boots are currently charging £55 for four. So Tesco would be a bargain - if there wasn't already a thriving black market trade in blue pills. While it's hardly as illicit as dealing in heroin, Viagra-style tablets have been changing hands in bars and offices for years for a few quid each. Google for Kamagra - a version of Viagra produced in India - and you'll find dozens of sites promising to sell to UK customers. Many have official-looking stock photography to prove how genuine they are.

Obviously there's a market for the real McCoy otherwise Tesco wouldn't bother selling it, and their price means they're within spitting distance of the roaring mate's trade. There's still the issue of completing tests in the first place, and of course having the cojones to ask over the counter in the first place. It sounds all too familiar:

5 comments

  • Alexis
    A shag for £6.50 a time? Ah, thanks very much.
  • Alexis
    A shag for £6.50 a time? Ping! Ah, thanks very much.
  • Paul C.
    The pharmacist in that advert is Gina McKee. She looks quite fresh faced there. And that makes me feel old.
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