Need good web contact lens store

Discussion in 'Contact Lenses' started by Jim Knoll, Jul 30, 2003.

  1. Jim Knoll

    Jim Knoll Guest

    Anyone have a recommendation for a web contact lens store that they

    What web stores do you personally use and like?

    Thanks much,

    Jim Knoll, Jul 30, 2003
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    Jim Knoll Guest Frank (I guess)...

    Maybe you want to stop by my house and take charge of other areas of my
    life for me. Sounds like you are a gifted decision maker for yourself
    and others. Not.

    I assume that America is still free and that I can spend my money
    wherever I would like. Frank - is that okay?? ; - }

    BTW, for those of you that are interested, I have looked at many 1-800
    web retail sellers of contacts. Guess no one else has ; - )

    I have worn glasses for about 45 years and have worn contacts for about
    30 years. So, I'm not a newbee in the corrected vision thing.

    Currently, I use Acuvue 1-day lenses. The local place I buy them at
    charges $35 a box of 30. Most of the online stores I've investigated
    charge about $25 a box. The local place I go (and have gone there for 11
    years now) has received probably thousands of mine and my wife's
    dollars. They aren't hurting a bit. Now, to order lenses from them, I
    have to drive over, place the order, then drive over again to pick them
    up. Would be a convenience to have the lenses drop shipped to my door.

    Duuuhhhh...anyone else looking for convenient ways to save time (and
    money) these days? I'll be you are : )))) And, at a $10 a box savings,
    why not do the online thing.

    Frank, any thoughts?? : - ))))))
    (hey, buddy, just ribbing you a bit)

    Guess, I have answered my own question. No more need for this group.....
    Jim Knoll, Jul 30, 2003
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    Kimi Guest

    That would be interesting to know.

    Kimi, Jul 30, 2003
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    Dan Abel Guest

    I'm not Frank, but aren't you really spending *more* time? These places
    can be half way across the country, and by the time you drive there to
    place the order and drive there to pick up the contacts, that $10 saving
    is long gone.


    My OD is maybe half a mile out of my way going to or from work. Even
    then, I don't go there to order contacts. I just call them, and they call
    me when they are in. I've never asked them to mail the contacts to me,
    but it makes sense to me that they would do that. They can do the mailing
    at their convenience, at a time when there are no customers needing
    in-person service. If the online place can mail to your door, why can't
    the local place?
    Dan Abel, Jul 30, 2003
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    drfrank21 Guest

    What kind of smug/caustic response is that?? I simply gave an
    I didn't disparage the 1-800's or web sites. It was just an option.
    Was that you or someone else that recently posted a warning not to
    visit a specific on-line cl site because the person never received
    their contact lenses??

    Should have done the Bates thing I guess.
    Do the sites also mention membership fees as well as shipping/
    handling charges?

    Most of my patients use a telephone to order cl's from my office and
    many times they are simply mailed out to them. Such a concept.

    What's missing from this equation is the service aspect. I can't tell
    you the number of times I have given a loaner gas perm lens or a
    diagnostic soft lens to a patient because they were in a bind- tore
    their last contact lens and needed a lens immed. Or having a staff
    member actually deliver a contact lens to a police officer in the
    field because of getting pepper spray in their eye. Or immed
    replacing a lens from a patients supply because of a defective lens.
    And so on.
    Tell me- could/would a web site cl seller do any of the above?

    That's fine.

    drfrank21, Jul 31, 2003
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    drfrank21 Guest

    Kimi, the profit margins really differs from private practice to a big
    box (like Costco) to an HMO setting based on buying groups/bulk buying ,
    location of the practice (rural/urban), competition, brand of lens
    being sold and so on.

    In general, profit margins on cl's are less than for glasses.
    There's usually a profit from $5.00 to $15.00 on disposable contact
    lenses (six packs) for example. Sometimes a big box will use a
    brand or type of cl as a loss leader to get people in their store so the
    profit obviously would be less. Better money in dentristry. ;)0

    drfrank21, Jul 31, 2003
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    Kimi Guest

    That was interesting, thanks! Less profits than glasses, must be why my
    doctor is so into glasses, just kidding. Despite it being less than
    glasses, I'm glad to hear the doctor is still making something decent on
    each box they sell me throughout the year.

    Too bad you can't make your patients buy contact lens solution through
    you huh? That stuff really adds up, I don't know how I use so much!! I
    think there is better business making solution than making lenses!

    Best wishes,
    Kimi, Jul 31, 2003
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    Kory Postma Guest

    Thanks for the info, how about eye glasses? Say, if you do not cut
    your own? Also, I know there is a lot of overhead with bills and
    equipment that needs constant replacing.
    Kory Postma, Jul 31, 2003
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    Kory Postma Guest

    Before when I wore contacts I bought 4 boxes at around $30 or so a
    box. I would say $35 is pretty good. Maybe it is cheaper now online
    because of membership fees. They have to make up for it somewhere,
    Kory Postma, Jul 31, 2003
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    Kimi Guest

    Well, I think $35 is too much for 1-day Acuvues (especially considering
    that you need 2 boxes to get through 1 month so that is a lot of boxes
    you need). Even has them for $26-27 per box. With there is definitely no membership fee and if you get a
    couple boxes (more than $49 spent) shipping should be free or you can
    then upgrade to 3-day for $3. BTW: for anyone that does not know, is related to, so they can very much be
    trusted. You'll probably find the lenses even cheaper at other online
    retailers though.

    Just read every bit of the websites to find out if they have membership
    fees and what their shipping rates are. If you are still not sure,
    email and ask them.

    I think $20 per month is too much money to throw away, but that is just
    my opinion. If I were you, I'd continue to see the people you trust for
    your exams at Sears optical and just always have a decent supply of
    lenses on hand from whoever you order from.

    You'll have to decide what is best for you, but those are my thoughts.

    Kimi, Jul 31, 2003
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    Kimi Guest

    Everyone talks about the membership fees, but there are plenty of online
    contact lens retailers who do not have membership fees. Gotta be
    careful though, as everyone says!
    Kimi, Jul 31, 2003
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    Rishigg Guest

    If you used contacts, then be sure that your recovery will be slow.

    Unfortunately, this is the experience I had and most of my clients can
    testify this.

    If you used contacts, it is hard to get a cure, because your visual
    system is terribly destroyed by the great strain contacts provide.

    At least glasses you can put of and relax, contacts are a real nuisance.

    "As surely as any soldier ever died on the field, Dr. Bates gave his
    life for a cause, battling against fate, during many years of
    magnificent struggle, when the unending disappointment finally broke in
    hopeless despair. His torch is still burning. There will come some other
    battler, who is fit, and will hold it high until the people who are
    sitting in darkness have seen its great light."
    William B. MacCracken, M.D.
    (1937, Berkeley CA)
    Rishigg, Jul 31, 2003
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    Edward Guest

    Are you saying that Sears requires pre-payment but on-line services don't?
    Unless you like to purchase one box at a time, I wouldn't suggest either of
    the options that you presented above. As Dr. Frank suggested, you're likely
    to get better service and maybe even better pricing from a local independent
    office. For example, if you purchase 6 boxes of 1-Day Acuvue from our
    office, you will be charged $120 (i.e. $20/box) and they will ship directly
    to your home or office. If you purchase 12 boxes, you be charged $240 (i.e.
    $20/box), receive a mail in rebate for $30 (which brings your cost to $17.50
    per box), and they will ship directly to your home or office. (Or if you
    want to spend more and have it take longer to get them, we won't hesitate to
    give you a copy of your contact lens prescription so you get them at a
    different place of your choosing.)

    Edward, Jul 31, 2003
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    Dan Abel Guest

    I looked at 1-800-contacts (their web site), and they claim free shipping
    and no membership cost. They want 29.50 a box for four boxes, and 24.50
    for the next four boxes on the same order.

    I couldn't find out how they get the money. Most things on the web are
    paid by credit card, though. If you don't like to put these on your
    credit card, how do you plan to pay for them?

    The $10 seems pretty significant to me, since if you really toss them
    every day and wear a new one every day, that means a box is a month's
    supply. I pay about 80 a box, but one box will last me a whole year.
    Dan Abel, Jul 31, 2003
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    Marc Guest

    remove x and following 4

    Marc, Jul 31, 2003
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    Kimi Guest

    I respect your office MT. Nice competative price.

    Kimi, Jul 31, 2003
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