It seems like it should be something a cheapskate would be all over, but I just can’t bring myself to buy my eyeglasses online.
My readers and frugal friends have shared with me the incredible savings they’ve gotten by buying their glasses online. They’ve gotten eyeglasses for anywhere from $8 to $50 – considerably less than the $250 I paid for my eyeglasses at the local optimetrist.
I really shouldn’t have a problem with buying glasses online, after all, my husband often purchases his contact lenses online and has never had any troubles.
So why can’t I buy my glasses online?
I like to try on the frames. I’m very picky about my eyeglasses. I try on dozens of pairs several times before I finally settle on the frames. I’m borderline obsessive compulsive, and I’m willing to spend a little bit extra to keep the reigns tight on my sanity. I know most of the online eyeglass places offer satisfaction guarantees, but I really don’t want to spend a lot of time and inconvenience sending back eyeglasses I don’t like. Once I’ve made the commitment to new eyeglasses, I don’t want to waste much time getting them.
I like shopping local. I like knowing the people I buy my eyeglasses from, and I like knowing that my money goes to support my local community.
I like the customer service. I like that trained staff help me select the right eyeglasses for me, make sure they fit my face properly, and stand behind their products. I’ve taken a pair of 3-year old glasses to my optometrist’s office because a screw was missing, and the technician repaired it with no charge. Something tells me I would not get that level of service with an $8 pair of glasses.
Since I wear contact lenses most of the time, I’m not into the idea of eyewear as fashion. One attractive-looking, quality pair of eyeglasses will last me several years as long as my prescription doesn’t change – which means the average cost per year is minimal.
What do you think? Have you purchased eyeglasses online? Were you happy with them?
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