You can save money if you buy eyeglass frames online. Eyeglasses run the gamut in price from the buy-one-get-one-free bargains at chain optometrists to outlandishly expensive designer frames at upscale boutiques. If you have an eye for designer glasses but a decidedly non-designer budget, you can purchase your glasses online and save a surprising amount of money.
Internet-based optometrists can offer substantial discounts on everything from expensive Flexon eyeglass frames to fancy fashion eyeglasses by Gucci, Prada and the like, partly because they don’t have the overhead of mall shops or stores in high-end shopping districts.
The truth is, any optometrist can make your glasses once you provide them with your prescription. The expenses come when you start looking at designer labels like Chanel or shopping at stores like Saks Fifth Avenue – the markup on such merchandise is enormous, as a wau of catering to wealthy clientele (or to people who want to look wealthy by wearing designer names).
You can save as much as 70 percent or more off of what they’d cost in a store, and you can order prescription sunglasses, as well. Browse the Internet for your favorite designer name, and you’ll find eyeglass frames by the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Cartier and Fendi for a mere fraction of their suggested retail.
There are drawbacks, of course. If you’re unstaisfied with your discount eyeglass frames online for any reason, dealing with Internet merchants can be inconvenient – even if they’re fair and erputable, you still have to do an exchange by mail, and many Internet businesses make it difficult to contact them by any means other than e-mail.
For this reason, you should only by glasses online from merchants who provide a phone number for customer service. You also can’t try the glasses on ahead of time (although you can try on glasses at a local optometrist, and write down the style name and product number for ordering later online) and there’s no one to adjust them properly once they’ve been made. Only you can decide if it’s worth paying extra for personalized service you don’t get when you buy discount eyeglass frames online.
If having a designer name on your frames is important but you don’t want to spend the full retail price, though, shop online for great deals on designer eyeglasses.