I received an email today from 1800-Contacts.
In the coming days, 1-800 CONTACTS will no longer be able to offer discounts, rebates or price matching on many of our most popular brands of contact lenses.
A new policy, known as Unilateral Pricing Policy (UPP), is being implemented by many contact lens manufacturers. This policy regulates the lowest price we can sell their lenses for and will cause the overall price of contact lenses to increase with the elimination of sales, rebates and discounts.
In the next day or so, we will be sending you additional information as well as an opportunity to stock up on your brand using discounts and rebates before they are no longer available.
Effective Augutst 1, 2014, UPP will take effect on brands such as:
- ACUVUE® OASYS®
- ACUVUE® OASYS® for ASTIGMATISM
- ACUVUE® OASYS® for PRESBYOPIA
- 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST®
- 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® for ASTIGMATISM
- 1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye®
When I mentioned this to my wife, she said her eye doctor had told her the same thing last week (and that ordering her lenses from Sam's or BJ's or 1-800-Contacts would no longer save us money).
Later I did a Google search and saw that CNET.com and a number of other tech sites had articles about this last fall as the TV industry implemented the same policy.
I also read that the Attorney General from Michigan released a statement that said UPP wasn't illegal.
I suggested to my wife her response should have been 'then write me a Rx for a different brand of contacts."