"Optician Haggling" Discussion

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  • nedmundo
    nedmundo Posts: 1,160
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    The title of the thread is offensive - we are not car salesmen you know!
    If anyone came into my practice and started haggling, I would give them directions to the nearest bucket shop and then point them to the nearest exit. Prices are set for a reason (to cover exceedingly high costs etc) and quite frankly, hagglers are likely to not going to appreciate the difference between the specs I dispense and cheaper ones found in competitors and online. They are also likely to be more trouble in future.


    There - that should kick this thread off!
    Beware the character seeking personal gain masquerading as a moral crusader.
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  • Slapps
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    Maybe it's me but if your selling items then really your no different, as a salesman is a salesman weather they are selling cars, glasses or even a service. If it's ok to haggle money off a car then why not a pair of glasses. Personally I find it offensive that( through no fault of my own) I have to pay high prices just to have the luxury of being able to see.
    Rant over
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  • Missed out on the specsavers free reaction lenses and got mine when they were doing the 2 for 1 offer, didn't really need 2 pairs of glasses and asked them if they could do the free reaction lenses but was given a firm no.
    I hate migraines.
  • McKneff
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    I didnt have a problem recently in Specsavers. I am 59 years old so too young for the 60 year old promotion. they offered me 25% and i said it would be great if i could be included in the 30% deal, no problem. My £425.oo glasses cost me under £300.00 and my sight test cost me a tenner with a coupon on the back of a Morrisons till receipt. I was well pleased.
    make the most of it, we are only here for the weekend.
    and we will never, ever return.
  • marcowil
    marcowil Posts: 687
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    nedmundo wrote: »
    The title of the thread is offensive - we are not car salesmen you know!
    If anyone came into my practice and started haggling, I would give them directions to the nearest bucket shop and then point them to the nearest exit. Prices are set for a reason (to cover exceedingly high costs etc) and quite frankly, hagglers are likely to not going to appreciate the difference between the specs I dispense and cheaper ones found in competitors and online. They are also likely to be more trouble in future.


    There - that should kick this thread off!

    I hope you have a thriving business because with the attitude you are displaying you must lose custom quite often
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  • It all depends on your prescription.
    I have a very complex prescription. Usually cost me £400-£500 !!!
    Only once have I used a cheap optician and I will NEVER do it again. Now I save up and go to D & A. absolutely wonderful service.
    I do however go at sale time to get half priced frames!!!
  • Missed out on the specsavers free reaction lenses and got mine when they were doing the 2 for 1 offer, didn't really need 2 pairs of glasses and asked them if they could do the free reaction lenses but was given a firm no.

    Yep I missed out on this one too and also got done for coatings that I really didn't need (note: do not go to opticians when hung over!) bah!
    Have to go back in Jan again so will see what I can get then if I need new lenses :)
  • I used to buy my lenses from my optician until I discovered the internet prices were a lot cheaper so I stopped the direct debit for the opticians lenses. A few months later he asked why I'd stopped so I told him that his prices were £90 for 90 pairs but online they were £65. So he offered me at £60! Can you believe it?! I bit his hand off & was faithful for a while until I discovered Tesco.com do the same ones at £51 inc delivery....
    I'm a lenses tart and will happily go wherever offers the best deal. Why not?
  • I used to work in an optitians and can tell you all for fact, the mark up on lenses and frames is astronomical. Frames in the budget ranges cost less than £1.00 to buy in, certainly not more than a couple of quid. Designer frames cost from about £30.00 upwards and sell for over £100.00.

    Basic lenses again are cheap to make, a few quid each as are basic contact lenses.... HOWEVER

    complex prescriptions, coated lenses, staff costs, equipment costs, contact lens trials and fitting and complex contact lenses etc are a lot more expensive so profit margiuns are a lot lower.

    The problem with trying to haggle in a branch of a chain of optitions is that all the prices are fixed, however go somewhere that is still selling lenses and frames seperatly and I am certain frames can be hagggled for quite easily.
    Independants need stock to turn over quickly to keep peoples interest and will be quite glad to discount a frame that they want rid off.
  • Hi
    Horsechestnut, can I ask what put you off going back to a cheapy place for your glasses? I too have a complex prescription and normally have to pay around £350. The coating on my glasses has started to detiriorate, leaving me walking round in a perpetual fog! This happened after about 2 years and optician said, basically, tough! So I was looking at the online sites, but d'you think they are no good?
    Cheers
    Sarahp
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