Saving Money On Eyeglasses
I pause after hearing the final cost of the "Buy One Get One Free" offer while purchasing new eyeglasses for Youngest Son and myself. The salesmen had so graciously offered to allow us to both purchase glasses and one to receive the "free" pair. After some consideration, Youngest Son and I had our frames in hand and were making the final transaction to purchase and have our frames completed with new lenses.
I was a bit overwhelmed with the projected cost and was quietly considering what to do. We had already checked out the place where glasses had last been purchased. The price at this place although couched in sale terms as well had been beyond out budget. Now again, I realized that this projected cost was more than I had anticipated. As I quickly thought through this and the fact that there was one other store close by to check out, the young woman now helping us made a suggestion. She could tell I was not ready to bite at this "sale" so she said there might be another I would consider. After checking with her manger, she returned to us and said there was another sale we could have.
Would you believe that this other sale which was not "Buy One Get One Free" was actually much better? We ended up saving $125.00 on the first estimate. I said yes and two hours later we returned to get our eyeglasses. What I have learned from this little experience is to be careful when "sale" shopping and don't be too fast to follow what is supposed to be a deal. Some consideration and even some further investigation may gain you some saved cash.
I want to be clear that I am not saying that I feel a need to purchase products in such a way that the seller makes no profit. Husband works in retail and the truth is profit is what companies need to purchase their products, pay their bills and pay their employees. I am all for profits as it truly is the American way. However, I do try to be sure that the profit margin for the items I am purchasing is fair to both sides. I really do think my eyeglass shopping accomplished this goal.
I know many have had great success with purchasing eyeglasses online. I have not used this company personally, but have heard recommendations from others of Zenni Optical. A great review of Zenni Optical can be found on Moneysavingmom.com.
As I wear progressive lenses that need somewhat careful measuring, I have not tried to purchase my eyeglasses online. I do know several people who have purchased regular glasses in this manner and have been quite pleased with the end result.
Any other recommendations for where to purchase eyeglasses for a fair price and a satisfactory product?