Contact Lens Unilateral Pricing Policy - Fixed price; Max discount is $50 store credit !
Deal DetailsLast Edited by johnny_miller November 13, 2014 at 07:27 PM
I did some online search and came to know that 35 million Americans use contacts besides the contact lens Unilateral Pricing Policy (UPP).
Are my lenses affected by UPP?
To date, the following lenses are under price restrictions by their manufacturer:
Bausch & Lomb ULTRA
Alcon DAILIES TOTAL 1
Alcon Air Optix Colors
Alcon Dailies AquaComfort Plus Toric
Alcon Dailies AquaComfort Plus Multifocal
Vistakon 1-DAY ACUVUE MOIST
Vistakon 1-DAY ACUVUE MOIST for ASTIGMATISM
Vistakon 1-DAY ACUVUE TruEye
Vistakon ACUVUE OASYS
Vistakon ACUVUE OASYS for ASTIGMATISM
Vistakon ACUVUE OASYS for PRESBYOPIA
As of now, the best available options are:
1. Costco - $50 cash card for a year's supply
For a single box - you can get a cash card worth 10% of the price of box.
It is not advertised. The lady at the counter told me about this when I enquired about the cost of year's supply.
Price: $320 plus tax - $50 cash card; About $340 (assuming 6% tax) - $50 = $290.
2. Opticontacts- 3 offers ($50 store credit or $25 store credit or FREE glass + lens + shipping)
The webpage shows the price as $40 per box.
The webpage also says about bonus offers available at checkout (Add to cart to see it).
3. Vision Direct
Annual supply: 8 * $40 = $320 plus $1.99 (processing) = $321.99
I feel that online sellers could lose a number of customers. However, online customers who use cashback sites such as Discover may still prefer online sites for additional discount.
Please update the WIKI, if you come across new information/deals/cashback, etc.,
Assuming 6% tax.
1. AIR OPTIX FOR ASTIGMATISM:
About $155 (4 boxes - annual supply) plus $5 store credit;
About $140 savings compared to Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism!
2. BIOFINITY TORIC
About $165 (4 boxes - annual supply) plus $5 store credit
About $130 savings compared to Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism!
3. ACUVUE ADVANCE FOR ASTIGMATISM
About $230 (8 boxes - annual supply)
About $60 savings compared to Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism!
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What's UPP, Doc?
Taking advantage of this new policy may provide much-needed growth for the contact lens industry—and your bottom line.
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What is UPP?
UPP stands for Unilateral Pricing Policy. It means the manufacturers of your contact lenses are mandating the minimum price they can be sold for. Because of this, we aren't able to offer any discounts, rebates, or incentives like we used to.
Why is this happening?
UPP allows contact lens manufacturers to dictate the price their contact lenses are sold for, effectively eliminating marketplace competition and your ability to shop for the best price. UPP will cause the price of contact lenses to increase drastically – in our case, up to 34%.
My price has increased a lot from my last order. Why have the prices changed?
We at 1-800 CONTACTS are committed to protecting your right to buy the quality lenses you expect at the competitive prices you deserve. We obtain all the contact lenses we sell directly from the manufacturer to ensure that our customers receive the highest quality product. When contact lens manufacturers mandate the minimum price for which their products can be sold, we aren't allowed to lower the price or offer any kind of rebates on brands affected by this mandate.
You used to beat any price by 2%. Why don't you do that anymore?
We have always stood behind our commitment to beat any price by 2%. While we continue this practice on a large portion of our inventory, manufacturer mandated pricing policies have forced us to discontinue this pricing benefit. We aren't allowed to lower the price or offer any kind of discounts or rebates on products affected by UPP.
You are the same price as my doctor. I thought you would be better.
The Unilateral Pricing Policy created by manufacturers sets the minimum price that contacts can be sold for, which restricts our ability to offer a lower price than doctors on those lenses. However, we do offer free torn lens replacement, 24/7 customer service, free exchanges if your prescription ever changes, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. So while our price is similar because of the manufacturer mandate, we still offer services that your doctor doesn't and at no extra cost.
Instructions (works best with orders of 4 boxes at a time, averaging, e.g., $35 each on Oasys for Astigmatism):
- Go to www.contactsexpress.ca
- Scroll to the bottom and select Currency --> USD
- Find your UPP-restricted lens type and add 2 boxes for each eye, total of 4 NOTE: some like the Acuvue Oasys have 24 packs now, so you only need one box for each eye (triggers lower pricing)
- At checkout, enter coupon code CXNEW for flat $8.90 discount
- Shipping is free, and you will be charged in U.S. dollars. (Warning: some stingy credit card issuers impose foreign transaction fees even when you get billed in U.S. dollars, merely because it's from abroad, so make sure yours is exempt.)
Tested with regular Visa: Success - NO foreign transaction fees were applied. Means seller has both US & Canadian processors/banks/domicile and not considered foreign to CC
Link to site with pre-selected US currency
Graph of dollar conversion - the higher the cheaper this will be