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Matt Haughey, of Metafilter fame has written a nice piece on his experiences in the low-cost, online eyeglasses realm.

A few quick snippets:

I purchased frames from four different companies mentioned on the GlassyEyes site and every pair showed up intact and the prescriptions all seemed identical.

I encourage anyone looking to save some money and get a bigger selection to search online. Glasses are no longer a scarce resource costing many hundreds of dollars, they can be as simple as buying a DVD or book online, and cost about the same.

Thanks for the mention Matt, and good luck with the glasses!

Take a gander at the full post here

For more photos, check out the GlassyEyes Flickr group.

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[Ed. Note: This post has been updated.]

Goggles4U has a 72-hour sale starting ending! Use code "Glasses" with this link for a 20% savings on their vast array of frame and lens options.

This is a 4X savings on the normal GlassyEyes discount.


The EyeBuyDirect folks are having some fun today. Hit the site and click the top banner. You'll be taken to a page to either log in or register. After that, you'll automatically get assigned one of the following prizes:

  • 20% off
  • $7 off
Check them out.

Albert has sent over a coupon code good for today for 15% off. I tested this one out and found you'll need to spend $50 to get the benefit of this, but he's got quite a few new styles available (and maybe you've been dying to get some photochromic lenses). Check them out and see if there is anything that suits you.

Add coupon code "Thanksgiving" at this link for 15% off.

Thanks Albert!

In an ongoing effort to identify the barriers to purchase, I'd love to get your responses to the following question:

What factors have contributed to not buying your eyeglasses online?

I contemplated a poll for this, but quickly realized that I probably don't fully understand enough of the reasons well enough to list them.

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One of my sons was home from school today and got to pull the winner of the free pair of glasses (up to $100!) from 39DollarGlasses out of the snowboarding helmet (it was the only hat I could find).

Congratulations Bill!

Many thanks to Beth, Larry and Melissa for sharing with us. I really appreciate it.

Please keep them coming. Everyone who submits will be eligible for future contests (including those who didn't win today).

Thanks again to our friends at 39DollarGlasses for helping out with the relaunch!

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There is still time to take a look and place your order for two pairs of glasses for the price of one over at EyeBuyDirect. The way it works is, there are a limited number of frames that you can choose for the second free pair. I found a few that I liked in this subset of frames, so if you're in the market they may have something that will work out nicely for you.

Head on over and check (click the banner at the top of the page for details).

I got four wonderful submissions. I'm still trying to figure out a fun way to choose the winner. It's going to involve one of my kids or our cat choosing the person to receive the $100 Glasses Prize from 39DollarGlasses!

Check back later this evening or tomorrow for details!

Keep submitting your stories and pictures and I'll keep adding them to the site!

[Ed. Note: This is #4 in the "Glasses Stories" series. Melissa is wearing, holding and supporting her eight pair of glasses from various online retailers.]

Months ago, my husband said "Hey! I saw a thing on boingboing today that might interest you." $25 and 3 weeks later, I had a great new pair of glasses from Goggles4U. I ordered another pair from 39 Dollar Glasses, and was just as happy. And for a while, that was enough. But the lure of perfect frames was strong. I now have 8 pairs of regular glasses and 2 pairs of sunglasses. Every time someone compliments me on my frames (and it happens often) I say "I bought them online." The person is usually interested and skeptical, so I explain, mention the low cost, and tell them about Ira's blog.

Thanks, Melissa!

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Our friend Roy at EyeBuyDirect has passed along a special advance
notice to a big event. Starting now, you can get access to this special offer HERE (there is a big banner at the top of the home page).

This is a BIG event! Now hit it!

[Ed. Note: This is #3 in the "Glasses Stories" series. Larry, a physicist and didgeridoo player, is wearing his new bi-focals from in this action shot.]

I got a new prescription on Oct. 25 and decided to shop around for glasses. I visited five local establishments with some trepidation, remembering the hassles and high prices I encountered the last time I got new specs. Only three out of five stores even had acceptable frames, and their prices ranged from $300 to more than $500.

Sure I could do better than that on the web, I came across Ira's site that had apparently been created to order especially for me just a few days previously. The prices were so good, I decided to treat myself to a pair of bifocals in flexible titanium frames from 39 Dollar Glasses. I received my glasses 8 days after I ordered them. I'm delighted with them! They are light, comfortable, and the prescription is bang on! The price with shipping and the discount coupon was only $136. Thanks Ira and 39 Dolllar Glasses!

The attached photo is me with new glasses and old didgeridoo.

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