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    Confused VSP and Marchon

    Just curious about everyone's take on VSP's purchasing of Marchon: Do you think it will have a (1) positive, (2) negative, or (3) no effect on independents who don't accept VSP (or any managed vision care plans)? OMG...I need a new job. I awakened before 5 AM thinking about this!

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    Redhot Jumper Go back in history................

    Quote Originally Posted by Ineed Chocolate View Post
    Just curious about everyone's take on VSP's purchasing of Marchon: Do you think it will have a (1) positive, (2) negative, or (3) no effect on independents who don't accept VSP (or any managed vision care plans)?
    There is no way of forecasting any of these results....................however if you go back into the OptiBoard archives 6 to seven years you will see that a majority of members were still singing glory to Luxottica who had become their largest competitor in the optical retail by controlling about 35% of the market.

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    A poll could have helped-

    (2) Negative

    We don't accept VSP and won't support them by continuing to dispense their frames.

    Why should give our competitor our hard-earned profits just so they can dominate us in our own market?

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    Quote Originally Posted by icare View Post

    Why should give our competitor our hard-earned profits just so they can dominate us in our own market?

    Great point!

    This was my thought when Lux bought Lenscrafters. My business dealings stopped right there. I thought the industry would have done the same! Obviously they didn't.

    Marchon.....they STINK! They have STUNK for a long time. In my eyes, they have been DOA for a bunch of years.

    :cheers::cheers::cheers:

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    [quote=Fezz;258601]Great point!

    This was my thought when Lux bought Lenscrafters. My business dealings stopped right there.

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    And for the O's that left Lux, many fled to Marchon for another source of brands.

    This time, they're dealing with a group of people that already know how to walk...
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    I've noticed your average VSP OD in the Midwest and East tends to sell more middle of the road bread and butter frames, the Altair line was perfect.

    I've noticed your average independant Optician in the Midwest and East tends to sell the better more progressive lines.

    I think where Marchon is going to see the drop are in their Coach, Fendi, and Nike lines. Unless, they decide to add opticians to the panel, but it probably is too late.

    Not sure about California, worked there many years ago, found the population more brand consious, but also all three Os were aware of that fact.

    Harry
    Last edited by harry888; 08-28-2008 at 01:00 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fezz View Post
    Great point!

    This was my thought when Lux bought Lenscrafters. My business dealings stopped right there. I thought the industry would have done the same! Obviously they didn't.

    Marchon.....they STINK! They have STUNK for a long time. In my eyes, they have been DOA for a bunch of years.

    :cheers::cheers::cheers:
    Well, we gotta go somewhere for our brands. Safilo, here we come!!:D

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