Friday, March 02, 2007

New Lens Site

I was just contacted by Bob from Lens Catalogue about their site. Here's my quick first impression of the site.

It's a very fast (hey guys, tell me what shopping cart software you're using - it's hot!), ASP based site with a wide selection of products (close to 200!), and a page rank of 1 (on a scale of 10).

It's a US based site, and it's not clear from their page where items are shipped from. When this happens, you have to be aware of potential problems. I'm about 95% sure that they are part of ACLens - the LensCatalogue domain is registered by Philip Dietrich (who appears all over the ACLens site), both sites are ASP sites (although the .co.uk site is faster), and a line in the code reads "All Source Code, Images, and other information Copyright 2000 Arlington Contact Lens Service, Inc.".

Prices are OK but not outstanding. E.g. a brand new customer buying one box of Acuvue 1 day would pay £19.45 at LensCatalogue, but only £17.50 at VisionDirect.co.uk (both prices include shipping - LensCatalogue free on orders greater than £60, VisionDirect.co.uk free for reorders when using their reorder reminder feature). Granted, VisionDirect.co.uk's prices are VERY low in the market - LensCatalogue does great against most of the competition, but you, dear reader, and interested in the best price / service, right?

They don't have a favicon - highly disappointing! (just kidding!) Their developers were too busy making the site blazing fast.

UPDATE: Bob replies: "Thanks for the review. The entire site is developed internally so there's no shopping cart to mention. We are the UK division of AC Lens. Depending on inventory, some of our items ship from the UK while others will ship from our US based operation. Let me know if you have questions."

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