Walmart & Lenscrafters

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by andyj1011, May 17, 2006.

  1. andyj1011

    andyj1011 Guest

    Please educate me a bit.

    I priced single vision, regular plastic lenses (ie, well drinks, not
    call drinks) at both Walmart and Lenscrafters. The cheapest starters
    that LC had were $50 more than Walmart. Is there a quality difference
    in this basic plastic lens, or is it just the difference in the
    company's mark-ups?

    Also, I just got a pair of PALs, using Valilux Comforts. I went to
    Walmart and got a pair of Transitions SV glasses (just the distance
    correction). My prescription is VERY mild (probably couldn't get much
    milder). The Varilux distance portion seems slightly--very slightly--
    better than the Walmart. Since they are the same this
    more likely a difference in lens quality, or in lens "grinding?" I'm
    new to glasses and this may just be the normal variants in different
    products. But if not, I'll make 'em redo them.
    andyj1011, May 17, 2006
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  2. andyj1011

    Mark A Guest

    If you ask a Wal-Mart optician, they will usually tell you exactly what
    brand and index of lens they are offering. It will be harder to get this
    information from Lenscrafters, especially since their salespeople are
    uneducated and probably don't even know.

    But generally, Regular Plastic (AKA 1.5 index plastic, or CR-39, or Hard
    Resin) is basically the same regardless of source. But the finishing of the
    lens from the blank, and the fitting of the lens in the frame, and the
    fitting of the frame on your face, can be different depending on which lab
    did the work, and which optician did the fitting.

    My experience in general is that Wal-Mart has much better quality name brand
    products (especially if you ask for them by name) than Lenscrafters, and
    Wal-Mart has better trained opticians. But each store has thousands of
    locations, so your experience could vary.
    Mark A, May 18, 2006
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    Bassslapper Guest

    Wal-Mart is also so big that they get great volume discounts from
    manufacturers, well below what every other merchant gets so they can
    mark-up accordingly yet still charge less then the competitors.
    Bassslapper, May 18, 2006
  4. andyj1011

    Mark A Guest

    That is true for most things, but I don't think Wal-Mart dominates in the
    optical world (yet).

    Lenscrafters has the advantage of being vertically integrated since they are
    a part of Luxottica , the world leader in mid-range and high-end frame
    manufacturing and retail/wholesale distribution.

    In addition to owing LensCrafters, Luxottica also owns Pearl Vision and
    Sunglass Hut, and other retailers outside of North America.
    Mark A, May 19, 2006
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    Don W Guest

    Owing or owning?
    Don W, May 19, 2006
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