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Beware some online contact lens websites in Canada

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Beware: Grey Market Contact Lenses Are Being Sold in Canada

Some online contact lens websites in Canada are not authorized sellers of contact lenses. This should concern you as a buyer of contacts online! As the Canadian Association of Optometrists warns “Overseas distribution channels may have grey market (counterfeit) product. There are no controls to ensure that Internet sites source lenses directly from the manufacturer.”

Beware some online sellers in Canada

This means that some websites may be buying their contact lenses from places like China, Vietnam, India, The Philippines or other nations where false or counterfeit contacts can be produced and distributed here in Canada. Moreover, the quality controls are sorely lacking, meaning that “grey market” lenses that say Acuvue, Biofinity, Air Optix or other brand names, may or may not be real or may be produced with substandard quality controls.

These manufacturers are NOT to blame, they are doing their jobs properly. It is overseas, unauthorized producers and the online sites who are putting these “grey market” products into your hands. Beware, because this could be a serious issue! Using the right products by the actual manufacturer is critically important!

Who are these sites?

You would be very surprised which sites are engaging in unethical “grey market” contact lens distribution. We know who many of them are, but we won’t tell you for fear of expensive and debilitating lawsuits from them in order to shut us up. We wish we could call them out by name, but we know that we would immediately have to defend million dollar plus lawsuits that as a small company, we simply cannot afford. This is one way larger companies keep smaller, ethical companies like ourselves silent and afraid.

Some contact lens sites are lying to you

In fact some of these sites even falsely claim to be “authorized” resellers, when in fact they are not. How can this be? Well – sadly – such unethical actions are not yet illegal here in Canada or in any of the provinces. Since British Columbia de-regulated the sale of online contact lenses, the nation now can have access to legitimate, safe and affordable contact lenses from the established manufacturers (Johnson & Johnson, Alcon, Coopervision & Bausch + Lomb).

However, without a federal law punishing false claims about the origins of where they receive their contact lenses, “grey market” or “counterfeit” lenses can be sold without recourse or penalty.

What can you do?

Make sure you always buy your contacts lenses from authorized contact lens sellers, such as Contactsforless.ca, Clearly.ca, Costco and a few others. If you are not sure, stick to the main sites like those mentioned above to ensure you are not supporting “grey market” sellers.

…and always remember that from day 1 – Contactsforless.ca has been as ethical, honest and transparent as possible. We have NEVER engaged in “grey market” or “counterfeit” contact lens sales and have ALWAYS given away 51% (or more) of all net profits to help save the planet. Not one other company can make that claim.

Stay ethical and safe. Always buy your contact lenses with Contactsforless.ca and be sure you are doing the right thing for yourself, for Canada, and the World.

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January 2018 Group of the Month

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Human Trafficking in Canada

It’s easy to imagine human trafficking as involving women smuggled from some unknown foreign country.

What most Canadians don’t know is that 94% of human trafficking victims in Canada are also Canadians.

Additionally, 93% of human trafficking victims are female.  Majority of them are extremely young, with nearly half being between 18-24, and 25% being minors.

Meet Our Group of the Month

One Child

Vision

A world where every child is free from sexual exploitation and empowered to be agents of change.

Mission
To mobilize a global movement of young people to take action against the sexual exploitation of children through education & empowerment.

Our History

“On a stage, lit by spotlights, were boys in a line, kids probably twelve to sixteen years old. They were practically naked, wearing nothing but skimpy white thongs, a number pinned to each … A boy was ordered like a customer would order a drink, brought to the table by the manager to be checked out.”

The words in the book made 16 year-old Cheryl Perera ill. “How can children my age and younger be exploited in this way? I’m just a teenager, but how can I stop this?” What began as a high school project would take an unexpected turn when she encountered a description of the global child sex trade in her research, and embarked on a whirlwind mission to Sri Lanka for answers.

From meetings with an advisor to Sri Lanka’s President, to risking her own life in an undercover operation that would help bring a child sex offender to justice, Cheryl did the remarkable to find answers. Still, the most powerful ones came from the child survivors who invited her into their world, and asked her to share their stories. Cheryl made a silent promise. She would do just that and much more.

In Canada, Cheryl launched a national awareness campaign that united young people as the pulse. But things didn’t stop there. The seed had been planted for something more powerful and innovative. An organization that would put young people—for the first time in history— at the frontlines of the struggle to end the global sex trade in children. And the time had come. Taking the cue, Cheryl rallied nine friends and together they founded OneChild.

Click here to read more.


Reference: https://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/2016001/article/14641-eng.htm

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December 2017 Video of the Month

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Our CEO is back to talk about our featured charity this month, our company growth, and why it’s good for you to shop with Contacts For Less.

Meet Our Group of the Month

Equitas is one of the most recognized and active human rights education organizations in Canada.  They work to advance equality, social justice, and respect for human dignity through education programs.

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Equitas has reached over 3.2 million people worldwide in the last 50 years.

From promoting women’s and young girls’ rights in Senegal to reinforcing the LGBTI rights movement in Haiti, equipping young leaders in the Middle East and North Africa to participate more effectively in community life, and developing new partnerships to support work with Indigenous youth in Canada–their efforts are built on the principle that investing in human rights education is investing in building more inclusive, more equitable and more peaceful communities.

Don’t Miss Our Video for this Month

Check out our quick 5-minute video, where our CEO tells you about Equitas, as well as why Contacts for Less is such a good deal:

And remember, ContactsforLess.ca is the only website in Canada that lets you:

  • Order your contact lens online
  • Save 70% or more on low prices
  • Donates 51% of net profits to the charity YOU choose!