There are few important moments in life that can be pinpointed to the minute. Births and deaths are the big two. Perhaps that's changed a bit with technology and time-stamping of digital photographs. A time-stamp allowed me to find the exact moment that my life changed -- 10/24/2006 @ 2:48PM. I was sitting at my desk at my old job (probably grimacing from some annoying web development task) and *snap* my $400 glasses from LensCrafters broke -- on my face.
As luck would have it, I had just received a package from Amazon with a new camera lens. What do you do when you get a new camera or lens? You take pictures. I would have taken pictures of all of the things around my office had something so spectacular and unusual not just happened on my face. As it was, one of the first photographs through that lens was this one (above).
I'm no narcissist. There aren't many photographs of me in existence. I'd argue that well over half of them appear in posts on this site showing-off the highs and lows of my online eyeglasses experiences. I'd much rather be behind the lens.
Anyway, with an empty bank account, a bit of ingenuity to buy me some time, and web browser I started doing my due diligence and research on these "online eyeglasses".
Another big thanks to Luxottica and LensCrafters for a poor design and ridiculous price-tag. Without that, none of this would exist.
Keep yours eyes open for some really big changes around here on the third anniversary of the site on November 10th.
The season of giving is upon us (at least that's what the fully-decked out Christmas tree displays at Target seem to be telling me).
I'm working on a video montage for a contest to get some free glasses to distribute to those in need -- and to help spread the word that no one needs to spend hundreds on eyeglasses. If you've gotten glasses from 39DollarGlasses and would like to help, please forward your photos to me at 39DollarGlassesVideo@webloggist.com.
If you're Flickr-literate, you can add them to the "GlassyEyes" Flickr group, forward me the link, and kill two birds with one stone.
Creativity (and QUANTITY) is appreciated!
If you're lucky, you might even get to hear a bit of my beginner guitar stylings -- gotta figure out a way to write-off some of that amp before the end of the year. ;-)
Dr. Marc at 39DollarGlasses just forwarded us an exclusive! And it's a big one.
$20-off ALL GLASSES -- EACH PAIR.
Buy two pairs, save $40. Three? That'd be $60 in savings.
Simple as pie -- CLICK HERE and the discount is applied automatically! It will appear when you get to the cart steps.
This is the biggest deal they do -- and I'm in for two!
This deal expires on on Tuesday, October 20th, so beat the rush and order early!
I was poking around EyeBuyDirect the other day and found something really great. So great that I said to myself, "Self, you should whip up a quick post on this."
I'm often frustrated by the perspective of the frame photos on some of the sites. 39DollarGlasses' photos look somehow twisted to me -- always have. I've bought numerous pair of glasses from them and they've all been straight (as expected). I'd also like the images to be a bit more consistent (I'm looking at you GlassesShop).
It's an optical illusion of some sort, but it strikes me every time.
EyeBuyDirect has something that I've been wanting for a long time. My version of this would have shown two versions of the frame in the product grid at the same time -- one straight on, the other at the standard angled view. They haven't given me this, but they do allow me to switch my views now. Look at the frame icons hanging out at the right side of the controls below.
This is a highly useful feature. While the 30 to 45-degree angle view on all the sites may be the most appealing, it's not always a big help in figuring out the look of the frame. I've bought many pairs of glasses online and this lack of a straight-on view has burned me twice. "Burned" being relative, of course as the frames were fine -- just not entirely what I was looking for at the time.
I have a few things I'd change to make it even more useful, however:
Ratings are cute, but could exist solely on the frame detail page. You're not likely to show a 1-star rating on a frame anyway, so having all 4 to 5 star ratings makes this meaningless. I would LOVE (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE) to have the important frame details available in this grid. It would make the process of finding that perfect frame so much less fatiguing.
In the end, I do think the angled view should be the default.
I appreciate the steps EyeBuyDirect is making on making their site more user-friendly.
It's definitely the busy season for eyeglasses. EyeBuyDirect has a new deal going this week at the same 25%-off, but this time it's on fashion eyeglasses only. There are some nice frames in there. Very tempting.
You know the drill:
- Click here
- Pop in the code "glassyfashioneyes" in the final cart steps to see the 25%-off
- You'll have a week or two to figure out how to unveil them to your little corner of the world.
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