Oops, my bad. This is a guest post from some guy who wasn’t who he said he was and was trying to make a few bucks off of an affiliate link. Still, I can attest to the information within this post as being accurate, as I too buy my glasses and contacts on-line – so I will keep this post up. But I have since removed the offending affiliate links from this post.
As an added bonus, with the new information given to me by Patrick at Cash Money Life regarding this character, I thought it would be fun to add some editorial comments to this post.
This past week I was reflecting on how I was able to save money in 2009 and I realized that one of the ways, purchasing eyewear online, wasn’t very well known by most people. (Editor’s note: Actually, he was reflecting on how he could make money by duping dumb bloggers like me.) I first found this out when I read this article in the New York Times about do-it-yourself eyeglass shopping.
At first I didn’t pursue this; I had become so used to going to the eye doctor every year and purchasing glasses there. (Editor’s note: I’ll bet this guy has 20/20 vision.)
A few months ago though when I went to buy my new pair I was told it would cost me over $300 and I honestly didn’t have that much in my bank account.
So I decided to go home and look online to find a less expensive alternative. That night when I looked online I found that the same lens I was looking at was half the price.
I couldn’t believe these brick-and-mortar stores had such a high profit margin. How could this be? (Editor’s note: Why don’t you tell us, “Jared?” I assume he was watching a Subway Sandwich commercial when he made up that moniker. I’ll bet this guy’s real name is Ben Dover.)
According to the New York Times, “a glasses frame that costs less than $25 to make in Italy can retail for at least $150 at an optical shop in the United States.” Unbeknownst to most people, these stores are making absurdly large profits. (Editor’s Note: I’ve always had trouble with words that are singular but spelled plural. For example, am I the only one that thinks “a glasses frame” sounds a bit off? To me it sounds better, if it were “a glass frame.” Same thing with “scissors.” Why isn’t it a “scissor?”)
The New York Times went on to say “If ever there was a market ripe for the intervention of the Internet, which allowed consumers to find discounts on best-selling novels, digital cameras or Hawaiian vacations, eyeglasses would be it.” (Editor’s Note: When it comes to ripe markets begging for intervention, the Times forgot peddling advertisements disguised as “guest posts” to clueless bloggers like yours truly.)
I began digging into this more and I found that there are several well-known blogs dedicated to purchasing glasses on the Internet. It was there that I found answers to all of the questions I had. (Editor’s Note: You mean you discovered there were ways to make a few bucks peddling eye-wear advertisements disguised as “guest posts” to clueless bloggers like yours truly.)
In particular, I want to share with you three key points that I discovered that many eye doctors and brick-and-mortar eyewear shops probably don’t want you to know:
1. All I needed in order to buy glasses online was a prescription and a PD measurement from my eye doctor. Doctors are required to give this to you. (Editor’s Note: True.)
2. Customer service at some of those online stores is fantastic. You can call them for help finding the best frames and lenses for yourself. (Editor’s Note: That is true too.)
3. If you do need your glasses adjusted it is very easy to learn to do it yourself, or you can go to a local optical shop and they will do it for a very small fee. (Editor’s Note: Again, true.)
I called my eye doctor for my prescription and the next day I purchased glasses online. I have bought two pairs now and both have turned out to be great. (Editor’s Note: Somehow I don’t believe that.)
To be honest, I believe the quality of the glasses is even higher than the glasses I bought in the store. (Editor’s Note: Higher, not likely. The same, absolutely.)
The process is not only easy, but it has also saved me a lot of time. (Editor’s Note: Dat be true.)
Now, I not only buy my glasses online, but I also shop for my contact lenses online too! Each box of contacts that I purchase online saves me $20. (Editor’s Note: Imagine that! Obviously, he is trying to score points with multiple affiliates in the same post. Ah, the joys of capitalism!)
Popular websites that sell contacts include… (Editor’s Note: You know what – if you’re interested in buying contacts on-line, just go to Google and type in the words “contact lenses.”)
If your resolution this year is to save money, I strongly recommend you try shopping online for your eyewear. (Editor’s Note: My apologies to my readers. I’ll try and be more careful next time.)