Gut check on lens pricing...

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by CD, Sep 16, 2005.

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    CD Guest

    Does $340 sound about right for Hoya 1.70 EYRY SV with AR? Sticker
    shock. Heee.

    CD, Sep 16, 2005
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    otisbrown Guest

    Dear CD,

    Subject: Heeee indeed.

    The internet has some good prices.

    You might be able to find what you want at
    something less than $340.

    I believe that prices start at about $20.

    This should reduce sticker-shock.

    Weee! I pays to shop around.



    otisbrown, Sep 16, 2005
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  3. What a joke. It's like telling a customer who is looking for a new
    Mercedes that he should start by shopping at the local wrecking yard...

    w.stacy, o.d.
    William Stacy, Sep 16, 2005
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    otisbrown Guest

    Dear CD,

    Subject: A VW versus a Mercedes.

    If you want a Mercedes -- pay the $340.

    Zenioptical makes a good lens -- from the reports I
    have received. For some things you don't need
    a Mercedes. The still remains your choice.


    otisbrown, Sep 16, 2005
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    CD Guest

    Thanks all! I probably should have clarified my initial question... I
    DO want the Hoya 1.70 EYRY product specifically, but my question should
    have been: I notice that prices vary widely between optical shops, so I
    was wondering whether $340ish sounds right for this specific lens with
    AR. BUT, thanks all for the Zenni recommendation! They have some nice
    pieces for the money! I'll definitely be buying a spare pair there.
    CD, Sep 16, 2005
  6. 340ish is about right in my area (west coast US)

    BTW, do not buy your mercedes at a junk yard or on the internet, and
    don't obtain your glasses from a Sam's or from the internet, and NEVER
    base any significant medical decisions on the advice of a layperson,
    *particularly* one who offers it...

    w.stacy, o.d.
    William Stacy, Sep 16, 2005
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    Mark A Guest

    Sams/Wal-Mart offers high quality name brand products from Varilux, Sola,
    Rodenstock, and others. I don't think it is fair to put them in same
    category as the internet site posted previously. In fact, Sams/Wal-Mart
    sells much better quality lenses than any other chain store that I know
    about, and they will tell you exactly what brand/model/lens material they
    offer so you can comparison shop.

    However, I don't know if they sell Hoya products.
    Mark A, Sep 17, 2005
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    p.clarkii Guest

    private docs don't like walmart or sams. they undersell them with
    products of similar quality plus stand behind their products better
    than any private doc can afford to (refunds without question if
    customers have problems adjusting, etc.). it is definitely unfair to
    lump walmart/sams in the same sentence with internet shops who aren't
    even offering high index lenses anyway (but thats a point that is
    beyond Otis anyway).
    p.clarkii, Sep 17, 2005
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    RM Guest

    Independent optical labs can offer more variety of lens types, and I would
    also say higher quality lenses, than Walmart or Sams. Nevertheless, those
    retail outlets do indeed have good quality lenses (Zeiss, Rodenstock, Sola,
    Nikon, etc.). They just don't have as much variety.
    RM, Sep 17, 2005
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    Mark A Guest

    Wal-Mart/Sams has their own "independent" lab. They could make any lens they
    want, but they limit their line of lenses somewhat, but probably not much
    different than other labs. The difference with independent optical, is that
    they can use multiple different labs.

    Same thing is pretty much true of Wal-Mart Superstore/Sams line of grocery
    items that they stock. They do carry a lot of high quality items, but not
    nearly as many different items as most large grocery stores. Of course,
    their prices are about 15-30% cheaper for the items they do carry.
    Mark A, Sep 17, 2005
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    p.clarkii Guest

    walmart/sams labs are definitely not independent. they are wholely
    owned by walmart. in fact they are the third largest optical lab chain
    in the country. they do have a variety of lenses but mostly based upon
    deals they have set up with specific suppliers. they cannot just make
    glasses with any kind of lens. they do have a rather complete supply
    of premium to discount lenses that fulfil the needs of most people but
    not everything.
    p.clarkii, Sep 17, 2005
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    Mark A Guest

    When I said that Wal-Mart had their own "independent" lab, I put that in
    quotes to mean it operates just like an independent lab that makes lenses
    from different lens manufacturers, even though technically it is not an
    independent lab servicing independent optical shops. The lenses they make
    are sold under the brand name of the manufacturer such as Sola, Varilux,
    etc, and presumably they could make just about any brand of lens they wanted
    to (except those that are only made in labs owned by the lens manufacturer).

    This is contrast to chains like LensCrafters which sell private label lenses
    (although you can special order some brand name lenses from Lenscrafters at
    exorbitant prices).
    Mark A, Sep 17, 2005
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    RM Guest

    This is the part of your reply that I think is wrong. Not all parameters
    are available throught Walmart/Sams compared to what a real independent lab,
    who can order lens blanks from any manufacturer, has access to.

    I am not sure at all about Lenscrafters, etc.
    RM, Sep 17, 2005
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