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, wasnít 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 didnít 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 didnít 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 couldnít 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, ďa 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.Ē 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 ďIf 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.Ē † † (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.)