Sunday, December 19, 2010
I am having a serious case of the missings. What am I missing? Jeitinho! Jeitinho, if you do no know already, is a sassy Brazilian way of bending laws, rules, and boundaries. While it's not always the best thing for a government, it's pretty awesome using it day to day.
You see, I'm in the US, the consumer capital of the world. I would like to buy things. Normally, that is not a problem, unless you want something you need a prescription for.
I, myself, would like to stock up on contacts. I can save a pretty penny buying them here. I basically get 4 boxes for the price of 1 back in Brazil. Awesome! So, I talked to my Brazilian Optometrist and got him to write my Rx out exactly like Americans do. Everything was perfect.
That was, until, I spoke with 1800 Contacts. It appears that the contacts prescribed for my right eye are discontinued. No, they can not switch it to another brand. No they do not want my money.
Helly! Jeitinho? Switch it. What's the big deal! I even went into Walmart and asked there. They were going to just switch it but the computer wouldn't let them add my doctor. Again, Jeitinho! I don't know about them, but when I worked in sales, I made the sales happen. Get creative. Put a local number. Mess with the address a bit.
Of course my All American family reminds me they could get in trouble for doing that. Why? Because I'm going to get high off my contacts? Oh no, wait, it was an excuse to charge me $200 for another check up, just to make sure they could switch to an equivalent.
Youuuu Whoooo, I'm the buyer here. My Doctor isn't the one who should decide the brand, I should. I should be able to switch based on saving a dollar or getting a free sticker if I want. It's like prescription and generic.
Oh well. 1800 Contacts, you can kiss your $100 goodbye. I'm taking me, my crappy eyes, and my Brazilian Rx to a small local Optometrist and see if I can Americanize the jeitinho and get me some cheap contacts.