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Pick up a Randox ‘Day 2’ test at your local PayPoint store – but you are overpaying

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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.

Comments (69)

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  • Phil G says:

    QURED want £20 for a new day2 let also

  • Derek Broughton says:

    I beg to differ about the value of Randox day 2 PCR tests. I bought the day 2 LFT (days before the UK changed the rules and required PCR!) and it doesn’t require you to upload a screenshot to a website, it requires you to load their App and do it that way. More hassle for less value. But the PCR tests have to be dropped in a Randox specific drop box. Even in London, those seem few and far between; here in Plymouth there’s ONE and it’s on the outskirts, inside a pharmacy that was closed on New Years Day. Since we were perforce quarantined, we only just got those tests before the time limit after which Randox would not process them

  • Chris D says:

    Being fair to STM, I suppose there are a few other costs:
    – Fulfilment/dispatch (not just postage)
    – (Some sort of) customer service
    – People saying kits haven’t arrived and needing to post another
    – The risk that the rules change and they’re left with thousands of useless tests

    There’s definitely a few quid profit there, but I’m not sure I’d be rushing to bother for less.

    Where they may be missing a trick is shipping eg 5 kits to a frequent traveler in advance (with the traveler taking on the risk that the tests are worthless), at a discount compared to individual postage.

    • Rob says:

      Weirdly they post each kit separately, even if you order four at once as we do. It implies they are already packaged up in advance to speed things up, just waiting to slap a label on. I don’t think anyone is saying that £12 is an unfair price although you can imagine what Amazon could do if they bothered, given the wholesale cost.

  • Nick Burch says:

    Assuming you have a suitable LFD test to hand, Klarity will sell you a supervision + certificate for your own test for £9.95 – https://klarity.health/product/basic-antigen-covid-certificate/ . Comes with a day 2 PLF code

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Do they care if you use an NHS test?

      • Nick Burch says:

        All the tests that the NHS give out right now are also available for private purchase in many places. Officially you aren’t supposed to use NHS ones, but Klarity don’t know and don’t ask…

      • OCN says:

        They don’t care. Did it twice.

    • rogerj says:

      Thank you for the info.

  • FlyingDr says:

    Randox price increase today

    Day 2 Lateral Flow Test – Randox CertiFly
    £24.00

    • Rob says:

      £24 is the base price I think, you need an airline discount code to get it down to £21.

  • PeterK says:

    I have a Randox issued fit to fly LFD kit that I couldn’t use to travel to France at Xmas. So I’ve emailed them and asked if they can send me a pax locator ref. so I can use it as a day2 U.K. arrival test instead. Quel surprise I’ve had no reply. I won’t be buying anymore tests from them if they don’t respond (we even have a Randox drop off box near to us!)

  • FlyingDr says:

    Randox price increase today to £24
    Day 2 Lateral Flow Test – Randox CertiFly
    £24.00

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