I have updated the price list, including a couple of new companies I added by digging around (please leave comments if you know of any other shops that should be included in the price survey). I am still waiting for info from coastalcontacts.co.uk, which APPEARS to be a US company with a .co.uk domain but shipping from the US. I'll let you know what they have to say.
Second Sight Online has GREAT prices, but a really poorly designed shopping web site. I can't tell what they charge for shipping, and their checkout process is stone aged. I've written to them to ask for their shipping charges, and to recommend a redesign (always sticking my nose in where it doesn't belong ;->).
This version of the price list is still hand made, but I've set up the MySQL tables to auto-generate the info. My IDEA is to generate XML data from the DBs which can be freely accessed, so that anyone can create whatever mashup they need of the data. I will then use XML stylesheets to generate HTML for the site from the XML data.
Finally, sorting is a little arbitrary here, since e.g. VisionDirect.co.uk is cheaper than Lensbase on 8 boxes, but more expensive on 1. Therefore, to decide the pricing, I use the cheapest price per box, where VisionDirect.co.uk (which has a decent shopping experience) is tied with Second Sight Online (with SSO going to first due to a lower price on 1 box). In the future, I hope to allow YOU to sort by your most important criteria.
|1 Box||2 Boxes||4 Boxes||8 Boxes|
|Second Sight Online||£ 40||£ 80||£ 160||£ 315|
|VisionDirect.co.uk||£ 42.5||£ 84.99||£ 168||£ 315|
|Lensbase||£ 42||£ 84||£ 167||£ 328|
|PostOptics||£ 42.25||£ 84.50||£ 169.50||£ 335|
|GetLenses||£ 44.25||£ 88.50||£ 174||£ 336|
|TheContactLensShop||£ 49.45||£ 98.90||£ 188.89||£ 359.90|
|ContactLenses||£ 49.50||£ 99||£ 192||£ 372|
|Specsavers||£ 51||£ 102||£ 204||£ 408|
|UK Contact Lenses||£ 54. 50||£ 109||£ 204||£ 408|