Advantages of Buying Contact Lenses Internationally

by admin on November 6, 2012

AC Lens regularly ships contact lenses to over 100 countries around the world, and is especially proud to serve United States Military members who are currently outside the US border. While purchasing lenses from AC Lens is quick and easy, many international customers wonder what the advantages of buying Contacts from AC Lens are as opposed to buying from a non-overseas company.

Why Buy From AC Lens Overseas?

It’s all about the exchange rate

For example – One of the leading online European contact lens retailers has Acuvue Oasys priced at €25.99 per box. Before bulk discounts or other promotions, AC Lens has Acuvue Oasys currently listed at $25.95 per box as of (11/06/2012). While this may not seem like a huge change in price, the savings depends on how favorable the exchange rate is.

Currently, the exchange rate for € Euros to $ USD is listed at 1.281790 (11/06/2012).

€25.99 x Current Exchange Rate = $33.37 – Saving over 8$ per box!

After calculating exchange rate, we can see that the lenses purchased from the European contact lens retailer are over 8 dollars more expensive per box than lenses purchased at AC Lens. When you combine bulk discounts and additional boxes of lenses, it’s easy to save over $20 on lens purchases when buying internationally.

When the Euro had a higher exchange rate at the beginning of the year, the savings would be even more significant. Additional to saving money, purchasing lenses, glasses, and other eye care products from AC Lens offers a quick and easy shopping experience backed with award winning customer service, a 30 day guarantee, and a safe and secure checkout.

AC Lens has shipped over 100 orders to each of Sydney, Seoul, Toronto, Dublin, London, Oslo, Moscow, Sao Paulo, and many other international cities within just the last year alone. In particular, we’ve seen a great demand for contact lenses from Dublin Ireland, and have successfully shipped over 800 orders to Ireland in the past year.

International Contact Lens Orders for United States Military

AC Lens military Service

All overseas U.S. Military members with an APO/FPO/DPO address are eligible for free shipping on  purchases for contact lenses, sunglasses, safety glasses, prescription eyeglasses and reading glasses that total over $99. We’re dedicated to providing those in our country’s service valuable discounts and quality customer service, and we refuse to apply any hidden surcharges, fees, or shipping costs. For military personnel, AC Lens offers an exclusive service discount available on our military discount page.

What’s the Caveat?

For international customers, free shipping is not available. With that said, our shipping rates are $14.95 for standard shipping, and $25.95 for express shipping. If one were to buy two boxes of contact lenses without any bulk discounts, the exchange rate savings still makes up for the increase in shipping costs. One thing that’s important to watch for are duties, international sales taxes, and value added taxes, all of which vary country to country.

Read AC Lens Full Shipping Policy


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