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Friday, October 26, 2007

Alcon Tip of the Day

So the day has come when it is not just Used Car Salesmen you have to watch out for. Now you have to check your back at every turn…eyecare companies are trying to jip you.

See these two different but very similar in size bottles from Alcon? One is for Opti-One and the other for Opti-Free RepleniSH. The solution in the two bottles do the same thing, they clean soft contact lenses. Notice in the picture below that they bottles look like they hold the same amount of solution

Bottles of Alcon Opti-One and Alcon Opti-Free RepleniSH

The two bottles come in the same size boxboard packaging. But on the side of the Opti-Free RepleniSH bottle, I noticed this very interesting "Fill Line" on the side, kind of buried in all this other text you'll never read:

Box of Alcon Opti-Free RepleniSH showing the Actual Fill line

Ahha, they are up to something here. Closer inspection, identifies the problem!

Opti-Free RepleniSH has 2 oz. less of contact lens solution than other similar products in similar packaging

Turns out that is why the prices on the shelf aren't that much different! They are selling you what looks like the same size product for what looks like about the same price.

After using Alcon products exclusively since I got my first contacts over 10 years ago, I guess it is time to switch brands.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Jay said...

THAT is shady. A FILL LINE? You're kidding me. Tacky, tacky tacky.

26 October, 2007 09:32

 
Blogger Citizen Grim said...

In most stores, the price tag on the shelf has, in slightly smaller numbers, a "price per oz" usually written in cents. When all the packages look roughly the same size, it's an easy way to compare.

26 October, 2007 11:24

 
Blogger Pete said...

I'm keen on keeping an eye on that in the grocery section. I didn't notice that feature in the body condiments section at Meijer. What is the most deceptive is that they are in a box that is the exact same size so you would assume that they contain the same amount of product.

26 October, 2007 11:29

 

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