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My new glasses, and what it all means

January 22nd, 2009 · 5 Comments · biz, entrepreneurship, Uncategorized

New specs

1. Via the magic of the interwebs, I was able to get a new pair of prescription glasses with designer (that’s Gucci to you!) frames for a fraction of what it would have cost to get the most basic specs from an optician. The lenses were made in Pakistan. The lenses AND frames set me back $50. I could have gotten more sedate glasses for way less.

So what:

a) This will disrupt the spectacle-industrial-complex. I’m sure a lot of opticians are going to close their doors, once people realize they can order glasses online for a few dozen bucks rather than the 2-400 dollars that it would cost them at a store here in the USA. And it’s providing jobs in far flung places like Pakistan, where my lenses were created.

b) This will save people money that they can spend on other stuff (like several more pairs of glasses to match their outfits)

I found out how to go about buying glasses online via the Glassy Eyes website.


5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 missbhavens // Jan 22, 2009 at 11:38 am

    I’ve been frankensteining my glasses together from ebay and cheaper lens outlets like Cohen for years. it’s the only way to go. Eyeglasses are OUTRAGEOUSlY overpriced and it seems that even if you’re lucky to have optical coverage, it is teh suck. I get one exam covered every two years and a whopping $100 toward lenses & frames. That’s about 1/2 of my right lens. Frames? Forget it.

    I’ve been scoping frames in stores, trying them on, getting the measurements and buying them off ebay. Last pair I got for 85% off. But the lenses? Hmmm…that still set me back over $100.

    I’ll check out the website for sure.

  • 2 missbhavens // Jan 22, 2009 at 11:46 am

    PS: those frames are killer!

  • 3 Jonny // Jan 22, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Whatever you’ve been doing, you’ve gotten stylish results! Let me know how it goes! The only dodgy thing—I measured my pupilary distance myself and don’t know if I got it totally right. If you can get a pro to do that for you, you should be in good shape.

  • 4 lauren galanter // Jan 22, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Glasses can be expensive, yes. This is why I’m glad my optometrist is my father. Free glasses 4evar, yo. At least I only need them for reading/computer.

    You new specs are totally rockin’. And MissB, yours always rock out too!

  • 5 raquelita // Jan 24, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    I didn’t know this when I bought my new pair last month…