tidus wrote: »
Running costs for a high street optician vary, but I once calculated the break even cost of running my premises at about £150 an hour. Assuming no profit made from selling glasses that works out at about £70 per sight test. That's break even, mind, no profit.
Consider that the NHS only pay just over £21 per examination for those entitled (about 65% for my patients) and private sight tests are about the same.
Therefore you could argue that glasses are around £50 per pair more than they should be. But the NHS won't pay us any more, and if I put my private sight tests up to £70, i'd loose most of them to local competitors still charging £20.
As increasing numbers purchase online (with variable results) the examination price will eventually go up, and we'll see more Opticians going fully "private". There's simply no other future.
In the mean time, if you purchase online after taking advantage of an artificially cheap examination, be aware that we don't want to see you, you cost us money. I'll stop sending you reminder letters, make it difficult for you to book in, and rush your examinations! I've even refused to see repeat offenders before, you can waste somebody else's time.
A fed up Optometrist
peachyprice wrote: »
No, what is wrong is a shop selling frames for £230 that are £70 online. Just frames, not including the lenses.
That sort of mark-up isn't profit, it's extortion.
fibonarchie wrote: »
You do understand they're £70 online because they're sitting in some warehouse and just need to be put together and posted.
I've never bought frames for anything like that amount of money, personally, but it's market forces. If people weren't prepared to pay £230 they wouldn't be priced at that amount. Think about it.
If you want £230 glasses frames for £70, you're wanting champagne at lemonade prices, which pretty much sums up what a lot of people are like now.
Undervalued wrote: »
Which is exactly how the majority of small opticians source their glasses, no doubt paying less still with their trade discount!
fibonarchie wrote: »
That's not been my experience. I use an independent local optician and he makes the glasses up on the premises.
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