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    Quote Originally Posted by Pdarnall View Post
    Maybe to recoup R&D at a faster pace. The manufactures cost per lens is fixed unless they crank volume. They can pay for the R&D, assembly line faster with quantity...not selling a few to mom and pops.

    Why would a volume retailer even bother with buying a midrange product when they can get the top of the line for another .50 cents?

    This is how you cheapen a product.

    It's why Maui Jim pulled out of Lenscrafters- they don't need the 'volume retailer' just so that that company can do unauthorized discounting on a product worth its price.

    I can tell you for sure that Eyemart (similar, not the same) sells whatever massive amount of older PALs are handed off to them just like their disco frames. Until proven otherwise, I will assume the same for Costco.
    Have I told you today how much I hate poly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pdarnall View Post

    Why would a volume retailer even bother with buying a midrange product when they can get the top of the line for another .50 cents?

    ...............to a volume retailer a .50 cents increase could also mean $ 1,000 increase per day if the volume is there.
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    Does anyone know what design Costco is using for the Kirkland Poly Progressive?

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    I mean this respectfully, DOC, as you are honored.

    Who cares? There are a billion PAL designs out there. Who knows and who cares, and whatever it is today, it will probably be different tomorrow.

    The era of figuring out PAL designs is finito. Get the one(s) you like, and fit everyone in them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drk View Post
    I mean this respectfully, DOC, as you are honored.

    Who cares? There are a billion PAL designs out there. Who knows and who cares, and whatever it is today, it will probably be different tomorrow.

    The era of figuring out PAL designs is finito. Get the one(s) you like, and fit everyone in them.

    well said drk... all of today's lenses use digital surfacing and are leaps and bounds better than the old generations of lenses. however i think the information we strive for is what differentiates one from another? if i am going to push a $1000 lens vs a $300 lens, it'd be nice to know what the differences are.

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    One other add to this...get it..add....???it's friday. Long week. Lots of work.
    Anyhow. With so many OEM designs out there, does it really matter what the engravings say? IOT by any other name? Some of the most respected labs use, guess what? IOT. They all brand it differently, call it different names, but deep down, the designs are the same. Zeiss? Essilor? Hoya? Just to name a few, all have OEM designs, too. Labs that use these designs will call them something else, as well.
    We know that there are good, and not so good, FF designs out there. Throw a hail mary and stick to the designs that you know work well for your practice.
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