With lateral flow tests now being accepted again for ‘Day 0-2’ testing on your return to the UK, Randox has teamed up with PayPoint to make its ‘click and collect’ service more widely available.
You can now order a Randox lateral flow test test for collection at any local store in the Collect+ network, which currently includes over 5,000 locations. This number is expected to increase to 10,000 locations within a few weeks.
From mid January, you will also be able to buy a Randox ‘Day 0-2’ test in 2,500 small shops across the UK without the need to pre-order. I am assuming that you would need to do this in advance of leaving the UK in order to get the necessary reference number for your Passenger Locator Form.
That said ….
Whilst Randox has very competitive pricing for ‘Day 2’ PCR testing, it is not competitive for ‘Day 2’ ‘test at home’ lateral flow kits.
Because these tests are not being processed in a laboratory, there is simply no need to pay a premium price for them. All you do is take the test and upload a picture of the negative result to the website of your test provider. Job done.
I have used simplytestme twice at £12 per test, posted First Class to my house, and they were fine. This is hardly surprising, since all they needed to do was issue a code for my Passenger Locator Form, post me a test and have a website which can accept a screenshot upload. It’s not exactly rocket science.
Even £12 from simplytestme represents a substantial mark-up on the cost price, given that I was able to find identical tests at £2 if I was willing to buy 10,000 of them. Even after VAT and postage costs they will be doing nicely.
Randox is having a laugh at £21.50 per test, or £18.95 for ‘click and collect’ and you should give them a miss for ‘Day 2’ lateral flow home tests. The pricing is even higher for home delivery (£24) if you don’t have a discount code from your airline. Randox remains a good choice for PCR testing, however – I have used them in the past and Rhys paid £35 for a ‘Day 2’ click and collect PCR test this week.