Breaking The Cartel

IN 50 YEARS, NOTHING HAS CHANGED

Breaking the Cartel2018-10-09T07:12:22+00:00

The eyewear business in Canada is a very manipulative business. Due to the lack of competition in selling eyewear, companies have been overpricing glasses for decades. Without access to extraordinary care and fair prices many people will not receive the treatment that they deserve. We are here to provide the wonderful people of British Columbia with service that will aid vision issues at a price that is honest and fair. We provide accurate and precise eye examinations and prescriptions to those that really need it. We will not sit by and let the hardworking people of British Columbia be deceived into paying for products and services at unfair prices.

The Globe & Mail

1973

Most Canadian consumers pay two to three times as much as they need to for eyeglasses because of lack of competition in the Canadian optical industry.

The Globe & Mail

1973

Most Canadian eyeglass buyers are customers of Imperial Optical but don’t know it because the firm operates under 300 different corporate names.

CBC Marketplace

2012

The CBC’s Marketplace discovers how cheap a pair of glasses really is, compares prices among stores, examines the giant that dominates the industry, and looks at whether the eye-care establishment is protecting it own interests. Many Canadians are overpaying for prescription glasses due to weak competition in the market and strict eye-test regulations that make it hard for consumers to shop around, a Marketplace investigation reveals.

60 Minutes | CBD News

2012

Have you bought a pair of glasses lately? Bet your eyes popped when you saw the price tag. And it’s not as though things have changed that much: they’re still made of a couple of pieces of plastic or wire, some screws and glass. Why should a pair of glasses cost more than an iPAD? Well one answer is because one company controls a big chunk of the business.

The Globe & Mail

1973

Optical Industry Courts Eye Doctors with gifts, favors, loans deals. When doctors are still in post-graduate training, many begin running up debts with optical companies. Books, records, hockey tickets, equipment, even cheap rents are provided by optical manufacturers trying to get professionals on the hook.

Vision Monday

2010

The price agreements of the manufacturers of ophthalmic lenses have for years virtually paralyzed competition in this market. German cartel authorities fine five lens makers.

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