Loupes Costs Explained
Our dentists answer some of the most common questions concerning the cost of loupes.
How much do dental loupes cost?
Many companies choose not to disclose the price of their loupes on their websites. This gives them flexibility to vary the price for each customer and enabling them to always ‘secure a sale’. To help you learn what the actual prices of loupes are, we have split them into three main ranges:
Why are dental loupes so expensive?
As discussed above, there are many external factors that influence the price of loupes aside from the actual cost of manufacturing the loupes. In a similar way to the fact an iPhone only costs around £100 / $150 to produce, with loupes the individual component costs account for a fraction of the overall price.
The process by which you purchase your loupes will have a major effect on the cost. If you were to purchase from a traditional loupes company, they’ll send a sales rep to you to take your order. This is an expensive way to deliver loupes – the salary and travel expenses of the sales rep are factored into the price of your loupes. As not all sales rep appointments will result in a sale, the price of everyone’s loupes is increased to cover unsuccessful visits.
A large team of sales reps require offices for coordination, which is again another expense. Finally, loupes companies that only sell on a face-to-face basis market themselves at dental trade shows. A stand at one of these shows costs thousands to secure.
Companies that provide their loupes online, such as The Loupes Company, do not employ a sales force. Instead we use sophisticated digital methods to obtain the necessary measurements. The loupes are then delivered directly to you at a reduced cost.
Are loupes tax deductible?
As set out by HMRC (in the UK), dental loupes meet the requirements for a deductible tax expense. They are used wholly and exclusively in a dentist’s line of work, and are necessary to provide satisfactory patient care. If you require assistance claiming the tax expense on your loupes purchase, please speak to your accountant or one of our team.
If you are an international dentist and purchase your loupes from us whilst in the UK, you will be able to reclaim the VAT (value added tax) at customs on your departure from the UK. Please speak to us if you need help claiming this.
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