(Especially when you have a prescription)
While buying online is often the only option and seen as a last resort for those without a prescription or the means to get it locally,
On the surface, it seems to make sense. If you have the ability to legally purchase Modafinil from your local pharmacy where the the legitimacy is guaranteed and available for same day pick up, that seems like the better option. I certainly thought that way at first, which is why I got my prescription in the first place.
I don't regret getting my prescription (it certainly didn't hurt in any way), but after one month of buying from local pharmacies, I knew I was being played.
The reality is that as far as pharmaceutical companies are concerned, selling drugs is a business.
Just like any business, their goal is to maximize profits. Often times, the price of a drug in any locality is not at all respective to its costs of production or ease of manufacture, but rather whatever the buyers have the means to pay with.
When you have a situation where a certain drug or compound is cheap to produce, there is bound to be a HUGE price disparity for the exact same compound in 1st world countries, where the citizens have a bigger budget and 3rd world countries, where the citizens don't have as much capital to work with.
Such is also the case with Modafinil and its R-enantiomers (Armodafinil, and other drugs similar to it).
Since Modafinil has such a profound impact on one's state of mind, people who have the budget often don't mind paying ridiculous amounts because they can mentally justify that they are getting results out of what they are paying for.
Hell, if I had gotten my prescription BEFORE I messed around with different Internet vendors, I would have probably thought the same thing. As the saying goes, "if its not broke, don't fix it".
Since I had months of experience with generic Modafinil and Armodafinil, I had a point of reference to go off to compare the generic product I was getting from Rite Aid.
Note*: The brand name version is called Provigil.
Since I do give credit where credit is due, there are 2 good things that do come from buying from a local pharmacy.
1. You are 150% guaranteed to get legitimate drugs.
2. Same day pickup
After one month of purchasing generic Modafinil from my local Rite-Aid, I couldn't feel any noticeable difference from the product I was getting online. And I'm willing to bet you won't notice a difference either (provided you are getting legitimate, properly dosed Modafinil).
I have pretty good health insurance, and I was lucky enough to have a place nearby that sold the generic version.
Under those circumstances, I was still shelling out $500 FOR A FUCKING MONTH'S SUPPLY. And it wasn't even the 200 mg dose I was used to from ModafinilCat, they gave me 30 pills dosed at 100 mg each.
If you think that's crazy, you should know that the price I was paying was actually on the LOWER END of the spectrum. The standard price for a 30 day supply for most vendors in the United States is double that.
And that's just for the generic version!!!
Here's a price table** for some common vendors in the US for generic Modafinil.
The growing trend is retailers are slowly starting to keep the generic version in stock, but most of them only sell brand name Provigil. A 30 month supply of brand name Provigil (200 mg) will cost the average person $1200 - 1500 a month depending on which supplier they go to.**price tables from nootriment.com
Here's a price table of the brand name Provigil:
Now I'm no millionaire, but even if I was it doesn't make any logical sense for me to pay 10x more than what I have to for the luxury of same day pickup.
Nitpicking on prices isn't really my thing, but it makes a world of difference in this case. As it currently stands in America and the UK, Modafinil is kind of an "executive" drug. The pharmaceutical companies aren't marketing it to average people who can't afford to pay the ridiculous over marked prices.
Even people with legitimate prescriptions are often left with no other option because they simply cannot afford it, even with medical insurance. The wonderful thing about the Internet is that it allows free market access when it otherwise would be impossible to find locally.
As it currently stands, Modafinil is still kind of an "underground compound" (its gotten more popular over the years, but its nowhere close to Adderall). If you go to any major university in the US and ask around if anyone has heard of Modafinil, you would be lucky to get a response, which shows that it has yet to go mainstream. This is actually a good thing for people like us. It gives us an advantage that most people are completely oblivious even exists.
I actually like it this way because if too much attention is drawn to it, there may be lobbying efforts to enforce the iron monopoly that the pharmaceutical companies currently have on Modafinil in the US.
If you were resourceful enough to find this site, I'm probably just preaching to the choir. You already know that buying online is the smart way to go about it. Lets just hope it stays that way for as long as possible.
Be warned however, if you do decide to go that route the Internet is chock full of scammers and bullshitters. These guys aren't. And you can hold me to that.