Could this be the end for cheap online contact lenses?

Could this be the end for cheap online contact lenses?

A crackdown on cheap imports entering Britain could have a huge impact on the contact lens wearers of the UK.

Chancellor George Osborne announced in his Budget last week that the government was planning to partly close a loophole which allows goods from outside the European Union (EU) to be sold cheaply online.

Contact lenses, DVD box sets and CDs are some of the items which could be affected by the change, as many of these items do not accrue any VAT when bought from outside the EU, which includes items from the Channel Islands.

The changes, which are due to come in later this year, could add pounds to the cost of contact lenses, which are bought overseas to avoid high prices on the British high street.

Supporters believe the new rules will offer a lifeline to local businesses which find it difficult to compete with online sales.

All About Vision suggests that buying contact lenses online offers more convenience and value than the high street.

Posted by Alexa Kaczka

by Alexa Kaczka

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