No, SRS is a social interest program of the International Eye Foundation. the International Eye Foundation in a non-profit international charity (see IEF home page for details).
Similar to for-profit ophthalmic equipment companies, SRS applies for distributorship with ophthalmic equipment manufacturers around the world. As a distributor for the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), we receive a discount on the purchases from the manufacturer.
Unlike for-profit distributors, as an international charity, we do not have a profit motive. We only add a small mark-up to the cost to cover our operating expenses. Secondly, we have a very small marketing budget. We respond to our customers needs rather than attempt to create a need for a product. Since we do not need to pay a profit to investors, or have a large marketing budget, we are able to sell the products at a low price.
We do not have the ability to track sales offered by other distributors or manufacturers. But in rare instances, you may be able to purchase items directly from the manufacturer or from a for-profit distributor for the same or lower price than ours. This can happen if we do not have a distributorship arrangement with the manufacturer of the equipment you require, or if there are sales on items by the manufacturer or a distributor. Our mission is to offer you the lowest prices. If we know a source is selling an item you are requesting at a lower price, we will direct you to this source. In many instances, the customer prefers to deal with SRS for reasons of trust and convenience.
SRS is committed to offering only quality equipment and products. Many of the items are FDA approved; other items carry the European CE mark. Products that are FDA exempt will frequently not carry an FDA approval or a CE mark. In general, we prefer to sell items that have FDA approval or carry the CE mark. We will purchase many items on the international market, upon request, where manufacturers have not gone through the expensive process of receiving FDA approval.
In the event that a customer requests an item that does not carry either the FDA or CE mark, we make this information explicitly clear to the buyer.
No, we do not sell for use inside the United States.
Yes, we add a small mark-up to the price of the products we sell to cover our operating expenses.
Anyone can purchase from us if the product is intended for use outside the United States. If you are purchasing equipment or products that you want to have delivered to an address within the United States, you will be asked to provide an assurance/proof that the items are intended for use outside the United States.
Yes, we accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
Yes, we welcome requests for products not included in the catalog. Our mission is to serve the needs of the ophthalmic community in the developing world. If you need a product, we will attempt to find a low-cost source for a high-quality product. Send us a request at email@example.com.
Yes, SRS is a program of the International Eye Foundation. IEF has been serving the needs of the ophthalmic community in the developing world since 1961 and has a long and honorable history.
The easiest and most reliable way to contact SRS is by email. You can request a quote through our online catalog or by writing us directly. [ Contact Us ]
Send us an email describing the equipment you need, the circumstances under which you will be using the equipment, and the budget you have to purchase the products. We will be happy to make recommendations. As a non-profit, we will recommend the best combination of cost and quality for your needs. [ Contact Us ]
No. We have found we can sell new equipment for the same price or for less than it would cost to provide reliable used equipment. With used equipment you must contend with additional shipping costs, expired warranties, the low availability of parts and accessories, and the cost of refurbishing used equipment. There are always rare exceptions.