Just a point of interest regarding glasses, i have just got a new pair of glasses, bi-focals from Boots, cost £225 less 25% discount I paid £168.75, when I got my receipt I was amazed to find out the actual glasses and lenses were in fact £52.31, the rest of the charge £116.44 was a dispensing charge, the actual eyesight test paid by the NHS was £21.31, now to me that is criminal. If I go to a shop to buy a pair of shoes, I don't expect to pay to be served by someone as a separate charge.Money for old rope
very little true science behind it
almost as bad as the price of eye glasses these days
last time I went I was told I should pay 100+ quid for a wisdom tooth pull and a filling - after he spent 10 minutes blowing ice cold air at it to demonstate the pain I should be feeling daily that I wasn't so I slowly walked away.
After I shopped around and studied the options I got it sorted by another dentist who then told me it was essentail I had a deep tooth clean or I might run into trouble real soon.
10 years later no issues and a thrid dentist is happy but has suggested something new...
Better yetAsda, 2 pair £98, I told Boots I was going to Asda when they tried to sell me another pair with £10 off, I said off but not preceded by £10.
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