While there are still many local eyewear stores on the streets, their business is probably becoming harder and harder. The most “contributive” factor is the rapid development of vendors selling online eyeglasses. Latest news is that the leading eyewear manufacturer Luxottica is conducting cooperation with Drugstore.com, which is one of the most successful online retailers of health, vision, beauty and pharmacy products. This really conveys important information which indicates that ecommerce business will gain more market share in most industries including the eyewear industry. The continuous development of ecommerce in the eyewear industry is well founded. Compared with local sources of eyeglasses, online eyeglasses have incomparable advantages. These benefits are being recognized by a larger population.
First of all, most people have any experience of purchasing eyeglasses online will notice that their prices are considerably lower than those displayed at local stores. The difference in price may be surprising to some customers who firstly try to buy online glasses. This kind of surprise mainly results from the fact that eyewear products from these two main sources are nearly the same. They only differ significantly in price. With a second thought, it is actually understandable. In modern days, most local eyewear stores are located in the downtown of a city. This is the basic requirement if they want to be noticed by glass customers. And this advantage of location also grants buyers with convenience that they can get to an eyewear store easily. But the downside of such a business practice is that these stores have to pay high amount of rent expense. There are no other ways to gain profits, part of which will be used to pay the rent fees. Now it becomes obvious that they must charge their customers more money. For an online vendor, there is nearly no concern about rent expense. It is only necessary to pay a small amount of money for a domain name or the maintenance of the server.
A second advantage of buying online eyeglasses is convenience. Even if most local stores are situated in the center part of a city, it usually takes much time to visit them. Even if some people are patient enough to make such a visit, they may be impatient to wait for a couple of days before their glasses will be available. Furthermore, a second visit is necessary in order to pick the product. Buying eyeglasses online eliminates all of these visits. All chores can be done at home, office or any other place where there is an access to the Internet.